Main Street Resources

Main Street Resources

Main Street Resources

Main Street Resources

Main Street Resources

Welcome to our Resource Library! Below you’ll find tools for historic preservation, our Main Street guides, and a variety of resources on Main Streets, placemaking, and nonprofit management. While focused primarily on designated Main Street Communities and Affiliates, our hope is that anyone engaging in downtown revitalization and placemaking will be able to use the library.


Preservation and Placemaking

There are many tools available to Main Street professionals and local property owners seeking to learn about and preserve historic properties in Washington State. Learn about the Anatomy of a Main Street Building, Cast Iron Storefront Systems, and Recent Past on Main Street. The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is also your resource for information about incentives, such as the Federal Historic Tax Credits and Special Tax Valuation.

Engage with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Advocacy efforts and other programming, such as our Most Endangered Places List and the Valerie Sivinski Fund.

You can also check out the Main Street Guide for Property Development compiles resources available to public, private, and nonprofit owners rehabilitating historic buildings in Washington state.

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Contact Us

Is there a resource you have questions about? Looking for something that you’re not seeing? Washington Main Street is here for you! Please reach out to Resources Coordinator Lydia Felty at 206-584-2678 or by email.

Washington Main Street publishes a seasonal e-newsletter with success stories and resources relevant to established or fledgling Main Street programs. Check out the newsletter archive and sign up to receive the newsletter and other important updates from Washington Main Street:

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Main Street Guides

The Main Street Approach™ is a proven comprehensive method for sustaining, enhancing, and revitalizing historic downtowns and traditional neighborhood commercial districts. The success of the Main Street Approach™ is based on fully integrating four points (Outreach, Design, Promotion, and Economic Vitality) into a practical downtown management strategy. Developing such a strategy takes a knowledgeable team of diverse individuals working together on their downtown and the best way to work together as a team is to use the same playbook. Washington Main Street‘s four Main Street Guides detailed on this page provide fundamental information on the Main Street Approach™ and a common language and blueprint for your work.

The four guides are written for distinct audiences, but also reference and build off of each other:

  • The About Main Street Guide is written for anyone wanting to know more about the Main Street Approach™ and how Main Street organizations serve their communities.
  • The Starting a Main Street Guide is written for people who are new to Main Street as a framework for downtown revitalization and considering starting a Main Street organization.
  • The Executive Leadership Guide is written for executive leaders and staff. It is also a resource for board members to understand a nonprofit executive director’s role and their relationship to boards.
  • The Board Leadership Guide is written for Main Street board members and the staff with whom they work.

Resource Library

As you read through the Main Street Guides you’ll find references to additional resources so your community doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel in working toward downtown revitalization. This collection is broken out by guide for your convenience.

About Main Street

Starting a Main Street

Executive Leadership

Board Leadership


Learn more about Washington Main Street