Since May of 2010, fourteen businesses downtown have made improvements to the exterior of their building, either with new awnings, paint, windows or in some cases, a completely redesigned façade to enhance the historic nature of their building.

The Laramie Main Street Alliance, with financial support from the Guthrie Family Foundation and Duane Toro Real Estate, provide both technical assistance and grant funds to any businesses or property owner in the historic district looking to make improvements to their building.

Property owners are asked to utilize Main Street’s Design Guidelines as a tool to remodel, restore or expand their building but don’t have to go at it alone. Main Street’s Design Committee is available to assist in the process as well as professional architects certified by the Wyoming Main Street program through the statewide Historic Architecture Assistance Fund.

Since the development of the Façade grant program in 2010, Main Street has documented or assisted with façade improvements to the following buildings and businesses: Big Hollow Food Coop, the Midwest Building, Cartouche Day Spa, the Cowboy Saloon & Dancehall, the Crowbar & Grill (before and after photos shown), Artisan’s Gallery (top photo above), Firehole Technologies, Honey Bee Photography, Poppy’s, Ardent Photography, Dodd’s Shoes, the Laramie Dance Studio, Cowgirl Yarn, Bella Home Boutique & Bakery and the Connor Hotel.

For more information on the Laramie Main Street Alliance Façade Grant program, the Historic Architecture Assistance Fund, the Downtown Design Guidelines or other, complementary design and historic preservation services of Main Street, contact LMSA Executive Director Trey Sherwood at 307-760-3355 or email downtownlaramie@gmail.com