View of Main Street in the 1960s



Facade Improvement Grants

A stroll down Washington’s historic Main Street and Central Business District provides a visual tour of the evolution of American architecture, with preserved examples of Georgian, Italianate, Queen Anne, Beaux-Arts, Colonial Revival, and Art Deco styles. As time marched on, our building facades started to show the natural signs of wear. Beginning in 2018, grants made through the Facade Improvement Program have helped dozens of businesses improve their exterior presence and structure. 

250 S. Main Street

Main Street Brewing

Giving this stark red building an industrial-chic facelift has brightened up and renewed the energy at Main Street Brew House.

100 N. Main Street

Life church

Formally the Basle Theater, the Life Church revitalized the building, and now facade, for the next generation.

Facade Improvement Grant (FIG) Process

Grants are offered on an annual basis, as funding allows. Funding for FIGs is provided through the Washington County Local Share Account and the Washington Business District Association. While the Local Share Account has a grant application process, FIGs are awarded in bulk to the WBDA, and businesses requesting funds must process requests through us.

Applications are typically due July 15 of the granting year. Awards are announced in September and funds are available for use up to one year after the award date.

2019 Facade Improvement Grant Recipients
  • 191/199 N. Main – Turning Point
  • 148 N. Main – L.A. Sweets
  • 116 N. Main – Various attorneys
  • 100 N. Main – Life Church
  • 56 N. Main – World West Gallery
  • 16 N. Main – Colonials on Main
  • 250 S. Main – Main Street Brewhouse
  • 25 W. Chestnut – Mixed use
  • 130 N. Franklin – The Dreamers Co
  • 23 E. Beau – Sweat Law Office
  • 68 W. Maiden – Liberty Pole Spirits
  • 90 E. Maiden – Barberella
  • 49 E. Maiden – LeMoyne House

Grant Resources

Applications are due by

September 9th

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