The Grand Prize in this year’s Walla Walla 2020 Architectural Awards competition went to the Walla Walla School District for the restoration, renovation, and compatible new addition to the historic 1898-1905 Sharpstein School. Seven other major awards were made and ten projects were honored with certificates of merit in a November 27, 2001 public awards ceremony at the school.
General contractors for Sharpstein were F & M Construction, and its architects were Architects West and Miller/Hall. The project represents an additional community investment in historic buildings, and has been successful in saving what is said to be the oldest school in the state.
Other major awards went to
- Purple Parasol owners Sharlene Miller, Sheryl Brewer and Shirley Girade, and contractor Silvernail Construction for the exterior detail work on the 1879 Kennedy Building
- Steve Rapp and Sherrie Kamara, owners, and Mick Shaul, contractor, for the restoration and renovation of the 1922-1929 Naimy Furniture Building
- Fort Walla Walla Museum, Ed Luebben, architect, Opp & Seibold contractors, for its compatible new headquarters building on the site of the historic fort
- Whitman College’s new Reid Campus Center, Thomas Hacker & Associates, architect, and contractor Emerick Construction, for outstanding energy efficiency in new construction
- Stephanie Dorgan and Peter Buck, owners, and painting contractor Scott McFarlan, for the Painted Lady exterior treatment of the 1884 Governor Miles C. Moore Mansion
- Walla Walla Farmers’ Market, Larry Nelson, coordinator, for appropriate signage on its market pavilion
- Blue Mountain Arts Alliance for the commissioning and donating of three sculptures by local artists placed near First and Main in downtown Walla Walla: Guard Pigeon by Wayne Chabre, Blooms in August by Squire Broel, and Thoughts Discovered by Brad Rude.Certificates of merit were presented to:
- Whitman College for the placement of two new sculptures near Cordiner Glen, Totem Pole 2000 by Jewell Praying Wolf James commissioned by President Tom Cronin, and a Tiki by James Paulik donated by Baker Ferguson
- Blue Mountain Arts Alliance and the Community Center for Youth, for the Heritage Park mural Natural Species, Karen Johnson and Christine Havens, designers
- Grapefields wine bar at 4 E. Main, Robert and Nicole Scott, owners, Dale Chapman, designer, for appropriate signage
- Owners and painters Joyce Adamson and George Patterson for the Painted Lady exterior paint work on the 1892 Sharpstein Manor at 208 S. Palouse.
- Walla Walla College for the rehabilitation and reuse of the 1924 Bowers Hall as an academic building
- Vintage Cellars owners Lonnie Ness and Robert Waring and contractor Dwight Gladden for the rescue, renovation and reuse of a portion of the 1890 Jones Building at 10 N. 2d as a wine bar and tasting room
- to Saxum Printing building owners and contractors James and Erma Pritcher, Darwin Turner, designer, for the renovation and reuse of the historic warehouse building at 10 N. 7th as a print shop and design studio
- Mike and Pam Bryan, owners and contractors, for the compatible new carriage port addition to the 1904 Foster House at 636 Catherine
- Mike and Debbie Crawford, owners, and contractor Dwight Gladden for the compatible addition to the 1926 cottage-style home at 33 N. Clinton
- Tom Post and Kirsten Eberhardt, owners and contractors, for the restoration of the 19th century carriage house at 539 Lincoln.
This year’s awards were given in cooperation with the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Historical Architecture Development, Inc., and Pacific Power. A complete listing of all past architectural awards as well as information on the 2020 historic plaque and research service is available on the web at the Walla Walla 2020 website. Nominations for awards to honor projects completed during the coming year can be sent to Walla Walla 2020 at PO Box 1222, Walla Walla, WA 99362.