Boise-based design firm CSHQA’s recent renovation of the First National Bank of Driggs has won a 2011 Orchid Award from Preservation Idaho.

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The Key Bank renovation revealed its original neo-federal brick faade.
Courtesy of CSHQA
The original building, circa 1916.

Every year, Preservation Idaho hosts the Orchids and Onions Awards, designed to celebrate individuals and organizations that have made a positive contribution to historic preservation (an Orchid), and in turn to bring awareness to those projects that have shown insensitivity to the state’s cultural history (an Onion).

CSHQA and KeyBank were honored in the Contribution to Historic Preservation category for refurbishing the circa-1916 building.

In the mid-1970s, the building had been “modernized” with a wrapping of metal siding, a shingled awning and gabled entry portico.  In 2009, KeyBank removed the shingled awning due to safety concerns and discovered the original neo-federal brick façade beneath.

CSHQA researched the history of the building and gathered historic photos and construction drawings in its efforts to adhere closely to the building’s original details.  KeyBank and CSHQA worked closely with the city’s design review advisory committee during the design phase to ensure that the ultimate design met the goals of the city of Driggs.  

“The Driggs KeyBank historic preservation project is seen as the first domino that will inspire similar projects in downtown Driggs, and contribute to the overall revitalization and economic growth of historic downtown Driggs,” says Doug Self, planning administrator, city of Driggs. “The Orchid award for Contribution to Historic Preservation will not only recognize the significant efforts of KeyBank in Driggs, but will serve as further incentive for the next wave of historic preservation in our city.”