Downtown Frederick is one of America's Prettiest Painted Places

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On Friday, October 26, 2012, Downtown Frederick, Maryland was named one of America’s “Prettiest Painted Places” in a national competition that identified the nation’s 12 most beautifully painted neighborhoods and towns.

Naming of the 12 “Prettiest Painted Places in America” comes after a rigorous four-month search by the Paint Quality Institute that involved thousands of contacts with state tourism departments, convention and visitors’ bureaus, chambers of commerce, and Main Street groups, all of whom were invited to nominate communities.  Downtown Frederick was nominated by the Tourism Council of Frederick County, who worked with the Downtown Frederick Partnership to identify 21 images that best represented the colorful architecture in the downtown area.

“With our beautifully painted historic buildings that date to the 1700s and numerous murals throughout downtown, we are pleased that the judges agreed with us that Frederick is indeed one of America’s prettiest painted places,” says Michelle Kershner, Marketing and Communication Manager for the Tourism Council of Frederick County. 

Downtown Frederick was selected from nearly 200 nominees from 48 states and the District of Columbia that submitted color images of beautifully painted homes, buildings and exterior murals.  A panel of judges with expertise in paint and exterior color schemes reviewed the entries and named two winners from each of six different geographic areas. Downtown Frederick was chosen as one of the winners in the Northeast Region. 

Residential homes represent a large portion of the beautifully painted buildings in town, but businesses in the commercial district also show creative colors.  Thanks to a façade improvement program in the downtown area, business owners can receive assistance in improving the exterior of their buildings.  “Over the course of the entire program, more than 50 façades and more than $150,000 in matching funds have assisted business owners in improving the exterior of their buildings,” explains Downtown Frederick Partnership Executive Director, Kara Norman.  “Painting is a significant portion of the work completed,” she said.

“The truth is, we had so many worthy nominees that we could have presented many more awards,” said Zimmer.  “The field of entries in this year’s competition was truly exceptional, and selecting just a dozen winners and only nine exceptional merit communities was daunting.”

This is the third time the Paint Quality Institute has conducted a search for the prettiest painted places in America.  It held the first competition in the 1990s, and another in year 2000. 

The purpose of the competition is to give recognition to places that use paint to express pride in their communities, and highlight how an attractive exterior paint treatment can enhance the curb appeal of virtually any home, building, or exterior structure.

To learn more about the 12 Prettiest Painted Places in America, visit the Paint Quality Institute site.

To see Downtown Frederick’s “Prettiest Painted Places” photos, visit our Facebook Page.   To learn more about Downtown Frederick, Maryland, explore this site or visit the Downtown Frederick Partnership's website. Photographs for the nomination were provided by artist William Cochran, Michelle Kershner, Eli Roth, and photographers John Kershner, Natural Artistry, and Doug Via.