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Architect Brian Runberg won an AASLH Award of Merit for his restoration of the Beardmore Block in Priest River, Idaho.

His goal is to spark revitalization of Priest River’s historic downtown. Charles Beardmore constructed the building in 1922 which housed professional offices as well as apartments, retail shops, a ballroom and a theater.

Runberg’s vision for reconstruction harkens to 1923 when the grand opening for the building was attended by 400 guests.

The building is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The building is now host to a spa and wine bar and has been and essential piece in the revitalization of downtown Priest Lake.