MAY 2021
Supporting small-scale renovations

Supporting small-scale renovations


May is Historic Preservation Month, so it is fitting that this issue of INtersections highlight some of the individuals around the state who have undertaken impactful local renovations of historic downtown properties. Investment in ongoing maintenance and periodic renovation or restoration of older or historic buildings is a key elements of downtown revitalization. Unique downtown buildings provide a memorable sense of place and accommodate the entrepreneurs, residents and myriad other uses that bring people into the district. 

Renovating and updating a historic property

Chris and Erin Howard of Marshfield discuss their recent renovation of 119-121 S. Central Ave., originally built for the Noll Hardware Company in 1887. The building is now home to the Uptown Coffee Company, which won a 2019 Wisconsin Main Street Award for Best Interior Renovation.

Small town infill

Andrea and Richard Graham of Tigerton discuss what inspired them to construct the first new infill building in town in more than a decade. The project, at 220 Cedar St., won the 2020 Wisconsin Main Street Award for Best Infill Development.

Adaptive reuse and repurposing

Sam Meyer discusses his most recent Fond du Lac project, the conversion of a building originally used as a livery stable and later as a car dealership, garage and for other commercial uses.




Downtown Pitch Contest Application Deadline
May 28
Info and application


Virtual Rural Summit
May 26 & Jun. 2 
Noon - 2pm



Public Art in Your Downtown Regional Workshop Series
Jun. 2 - 4
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

View locations and pre-register


Promotions Call (Text Marketing/Outreach Tools)
Jun. 2 
Noon - 1pm

Email Adriana to Register


Discussion Call (Streetscape & Public Spaces)
Jun. 4 
Noon - 1pm

Email Errin to Register


Connect Communities Annual Survey Deadline
Jun. 11
Complete the survey


Introduction to Green Tier
Communities Webinar

Jun. 17
Noon - 1 p.m.



Great Lakes Virtual Main
Street Conference

Aug. 5 - 6 
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Submit speaker proposal


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