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Watertown Historic Preservation & Downtown Design Commission

The Watertown Historic Preservation and Downtown Design Commission oversees façade and signs grants for the Main Street Program.

The members of the Watertown Historic Preservation and Downtown Design Commission oversee all beautification projects within the Main Street Historic District. The commission reviews all façade improvement projects and new signage within the downtown that requires a building or sign permit and also administers the façade and sign grant fund.

Melissa Lampe, chairperson of the Watertown Historic Preservation and Downtown Design Commission, recently published design guidelines that can assist building owners planning a facade rehabilitation project. Click here for a copy of the design guidelines. >>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/cfr9c2jotm9g70n/Watertown%20Design%20Guidelines%20Final.pdf?dl=0

The commission is comprised of seven members with experience in historic preservation, art and design. The commission is available to assist any property or business owner downtown interested in improving the look of their storefront or building. The commission also works to enhance the look of downtown Watertown’s streetscape through the purchase of decorative benches, trash receptacles, a street clock and lamp post banners.

The commission works city-wide to promote historic preservation through education, the creation of additional residential historic districts and seeks grant money to purchase signage to mark the entrance points to each historic district.

For more information regarding the Historic Preservation and Downtown Design Commission please Melissa at 920-342-3623 or watertownmainstreet@gmail.com


The Downtown Design committee focuses on projects that make the downtown attractive.