Nation’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places” Include Many Colorful, Hidden Gems

  Nation’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places” Include Many Colorful, Hidden Gems

Nine “Exceptional Merit” Winners Also

Business Wire

PHILADELPHIA -- October 26, 2012

If you want to see the prettiest painted communities in America, you’re going
to need a lot of time, several tanks of gas, and a state-of-the-art GPS. The
Paint Quality Institute has identified the nation’s 12 most beautifully
painted neighborhoods and towns, and many are little known and far from the
beaten path.

Prettiest Painted Places in America. (Photo: Business Wire)

Prettiest Painted Places in America. (Photo: Business Wire)

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.

The effort produced nearly 200 colorful 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:

  *In the Northeast Region, the winners were Brookville, Pennsylvania and
    Downtown Frederick, Maryland. Brookville is a beautiful historic western
    Pennsylvania town with hundreds of artfully painted Victorian homes and
    buildings. Downtown Frederick’s Main Street area, home to a vibrant arts
    community, has beautifully painted architecture dating to the 1700s.
  *The Southeast Region winners were Historic Downtown Smithfield, Virginia
    and Key West, Florida. The former is a quaint river town with many
    historic structures ranging in style from Colonial to Federal to
    Victorian. Key West, southernmost of the Florida Keys, has brightly
    painted “conch” homes and “shotgun-style” cottages constructed in the
    1800s by shipbuilder-carpenters.
  *Winners in the North Central Region were Bay View Association, Michigan
    and Stillwater, Minnesota. Bay View, an 1800s Methodist camp meeting
    community of more than 400 small cottages, is now a charming and colorful
    Victorian resort designated a National Historic Landmark. Stillwater has
    colorful Victorian mansions built by lumber barons and a Main Street
    listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  *In the South Central Region, the winners were Old Arabi Neighborhood, St.
    Bernard Parish, Louisiana and Lafayette Square, St. Louis, Missouri. The
    former, located just five miles from New Orleans’ French Quarter, has two
    historic districts full of beautifully painted structures. Lafayette
    Square is an elegant urban neighborhood comprised of stately Victorian-era
    homes with fine painted detailing.
  *The Northwest Region winners were The Victorian Village of Ferndale,
    California and Eureka, California. Ferndale has a nationally recognized
    historic business district with beautifully detailed commercial buildings
    and Victorian homes. Eureka is a port city 100 miles south of the Oregon
    border with fantastic Victorian homes built by lumber magnates.
  *Winners in the Southwest Region were Tubac, Arizona and Manhattan Beach,
    California. Established in 1752 as a Spanish fort, Tubac is an exquisite,
    brightly painted town with more than 100 galleries and businesses lining
    its meandering streets. Manhattan Beach is a colorful coastal community
    near Los Angeles where the beautiful landscape is punctuated with artful,
    individualistic paint color.

In addition to the 12 winners, nine other places were cited as having
“exceptional merit”, meaning they were “just too pretty to go without
recognition,” according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint
Quality Institute. They are: Cape May, New Jersey; Crested Butte, Colorado;
Old Louisville, Kentucky; Ottawa and Franklin County, Kansas; Owego Historic
District, New York; Paducah, Kentucky; Historic Park City, Utah; Richmond,
Indiana; and Original Townsite Historic District, Victoria, Texas.

“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.

“We hope that the exquisite exteriors from these ‘prettiest painted places’
will inspire others to beautify their properties with exterior paint,” said
Zimmer. “Painting is one of the most effective -- and cost effective -- ways
to add color and style to our surroundings.”

To get a look at the 12 Prettiest Painted Places in America, visit the Paint
Quality Institute website at

About the Paint Quality Institute (SM)

Since 1989, The Paint Quality Institute (SM) has been educating people on the
advantages of using quality interior and exterior paints and coatings. The
Paint Quality Institute's goal is to help educate consumers, contractors and
designers by providing information on the virtues of quality paint as well as
color trends and decorating with paint through a variety of instructional
platforms and conferences, and traditional and new media vehicles. More
information can be found at

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