September 18, 2018

Main Event: The 2018 Great American Main Street Award Semifinalists

  • By: Nicholas Som
Wheeling, West Virginia.

photo by: Ben Muldrow

Centre Market sits at the heart of Wheeling, West Virginia's historic district. One of its two market structures was built in 1853, making it the oldest cast iron market house in the country.

As a subsidiary of the National Trust, the National Main Street Center works to bring preservation-focused development to more than 1,600 participating Main Street America neighborhoods and communities from New York to Nebraska. And every year since 1995, the Center has honored those communities that best demonstrate its strategies for revitalization and commitment to preservation.

The Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA) are the Center’s most prestigious awards, and this year’s 10 semifinalists, announced on August 22, have all distinguished themselves by creating jobs, inspiring new partnerships across sectors, and building sustainable, inclusive neighborhoods. The winners will be revealed at the Center’s Main Street Now Conference in Seattle this upcoming March.

You’ve already seen Wheeling, West Virginia, pictured above. Take a look at our slideshow below to learn about the nine other marvelous Main Street communities selected as GAMSA semifinalists.

Nicholas Som is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He enjoys museums of all kinds, Philadelphia sports, and tracking down great restaurants.

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