Since 1984, the Washington State Main Street Program has been helping communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown commercial districts using the successful Main Street Approach®. In 2010 the Main Street Program was moved from the Department of Commerce to the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation. The program is managed (under contract) by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.


Main Street's Impact in 2016

Washington's designated Main Street Communities track and report important metrics throughout the year to measure the impact of the Main Street Approach in communities throughout the state. Check out our 2016 Year End Statistics report to learn more about jobs created, new businesses, building rehabs, and more! 

Rules for Washington State Main Street Program have been adopted:

Visit the Department of Archaeology & historic Preservation (DAHP) website to learn more about the rulemaking process and view the adopted rules:

DAHP Washington Main Street Rules


The UPDATED Washington State Main Street Program Guide & Handbook is now available!