September 25, 2017

Save a Main Street Near You: Partners in Preservation 2017

From Boston to Birmingham, 25 historic Main Street districts across America have the opportunity to receive $2 million in grants—decided by public vote—in 2017. The National Trust has joined with American Express, National Geographic, and Main Street America for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, a community-based campaign to raise awareness about the importance of preserving America's Main Street districts.

This year's campaign coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Trust's work to revitalize America's Main Streets and emphasizes these districts' positive impact on local communities and economies. From first dates to shopping sprees, main streets are where people come together for shared experiences that help shape their lives. These sites are central to our national identity and should be preserved for generations to come.

Help preserve your favorite Main Streets by voting up to five times a day from September 25 through October 31 at VoteYourMainStreet.org. On November 2, the sites with the most votes will be awarded grants for their restoration projects, listed below.

Once you've voted, use the hashtag #VoteYourMainStreet to share your experiences and appreciate your favorite Main Streets. And don't forget to enter National Geographic's sweepstakes for a chance to a win a trip to New York, Los Angeles, or Miami.

#VoteYourMainStreet today, and help inspire long-time support for the historic places on America's Main Streets.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Atlanta, Georgia

Sweet Auburn Works seeks to transform Bryant Graves House into an information center for visitors to provide an introduction to the local businesses and organizations that define Sweet Auburn.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham Landmarks plans to install a 42-foot vertical marquee on the Historic Alabama Theatre, ultimately restoring the facade of the theatre to its original appearance and lighting up downtown Birmingham.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Boston, Massachusetts

Upham’s Corner Main Street hopes to transform the Pierce Building into a business incubator and convert the Streetcar Comfort Station into a bike repair store and coffee shop. The new venues will create a vibrant business hub within Dorchester’s Arts and Culture Innovation District.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Old Town Cape is planning to revitalize the bandstand and surrounding park landscape in Ivers Square. This project would honor the neighborhood’s history and attract new visitors to the site.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Casa Grande, Arizona

Casa Grande Main Street seeks to create a new Vintage Neon Sign Park by salvaging historic neon signs from throughout the community. The park would serve as a vibrant downtown destination for visitors.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Chicago, Illinois

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and Hyde Park Historical Society hope to complete renovations on the Cable Car Building. Through this project, the community would continue to have access to a museum and meeting space.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Cincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati Preservation Association hopes to restore the Woodward Theater’s historic marquee, attracting visitors to a shining beacon in Over-the-Rhine.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Detroit, Michigan

Live6 plans to transform The Treehouse into a unique gathering and performance space, helping the Livernois/6 Mile community to come together.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Franklin, Tennessee

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County is seeking to rehabilitate Dr. McPhail Office as a space for local programming and visitor services. This project would share Franklin’s history and highlight the positive impact of preservation on the community.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Greensboro, North Carolina

Downtown Greensboro, Inc. is planning to replace the iconic Carolina Theatre’s worn seats with art deco-style seats that increase capacity and restore historic charm—ensuring the theatre remains the “Showplace of the Carolinas” for years to come.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Las Vegas, New Mexico

Main Street de Las Vegas seeks to restore the E. Romero Hose and Fire Building to serve as a firefighting and acequia system museum, commemorating the stories of the town’s founders and their efforts to protect their community.

#VoteYourMainStreet: McKinney, Texas

Main Street McKinney is seeking to rehabilitate the exterior of the McKinney Performing Arts Center in the Collin County Courthouse, creating a better experience for all audience members.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Miami, Florida

The City of Miami is hoping to renovate and paint the exterior of the Manuel Artime Theater, ensuring it continues to give life to the vibrancy of Little Havana.

#VoteYourMainStreet: New Orleans, Louisiana

Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants and Business Association are planning to restore the facade of Old McCrory’s Store. This project would repurpose the space for retail and nonprofit business use and commemorate the 1960 boycott of discriminatory hiring practices.

#VoteYourMainStreet: New York, New York

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation seeks to rehabilitate the facade of and make structural improvements to the Sheffield Farms Bottling Plant in Restoration Plaza, helping it stay at the heart of the Bedford-Stuyvesant community.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Downtown OKC Initiatives hopes to restore the Yale Theatre to its original appearance. This project would breathe new life into a key attraction, providing a draw for tourism and new entertainment opportunities to the surrounding area.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Germantown United CDC plans to rehabilitate the facade of and make structural improvements to significant 20th-century African-American landmarks in the Germantown neighborhood, including the Trower Building and Parker Hall, increasing community pride and representation for all its residents.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Richmond, California

The Richmond Main Street Initiative is seeking to install a marquee on the Market Street Mall’s facade to create a bright light in the community that will illuminate the neighborhood’s charm.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Salt Lake City, Utah

Studio Eleven hopes to rehabilitate three historic buildings in the Granary District. This new space would encourage artists, designers, and entrepreneurs to gather, work, and celebrate.

#VoteYourMainStreet: San Diego, California

North Park Main Street is planning to reveal the original facade of the Stevens-Hartley Annex, which has been hidden behind a wall for decades. This project would further beautify one of San Diego’s most celebrated streets.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Seattle, Washington

Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area seeks to restore disappearing historic signs throughout Seattle’s historic Chinatown-International District to help tell the story of this iconic, diverse neighborhood.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Main Street Steamboat Springs is hoping to restore and repurpose a historic caboose as an artist-in-residence studio and gateway to Main Street, serving as a landmark for the city’s Creative District.

#VoteYourMainStreet: Washington, DC

Shaw Main Streets plans to restore the original storefront facade of the James Hughes Building, transforming a hidden treasure into a gem for visitors to Shaw.

#VoteYourMainStreet: West Des Moines, Iowa

The Historic Valley Junction Foundation is seeking to restore the facade, first-floor storefront, and marquee of the Lyric Theater, emphasizing the historic gathering place as an icon of its main street.

#VoteYourMainStreet: West Hollywood, California

The Los Angeles Conservancy plans to rehabilitate the trolley car of the Formosa Cafe along Route 66 to ensure that a beloved West Hollywood icon is saved for future generations.

Through Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, your votes will help unlock $2 million in preservation funding for historic Main Street districts across America.

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