Congratulations to Our 12 National Winners and the Nine “Exceptional Merit” Communities!
Introducing: the 12 “Prettiest Painted Places in America”
After four months of rigorous contact work, background research, and thorough evaluation of the nearly 200 exceptional communities who were nominees in this year’s competition, it is time to reveal our judges’ choices as the nation’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places in America”:
- In the Northeast Region, the winners are Brookville, Pennsylvania and Downtown Frederick, Maryland.
- In the Southeast Region, the winners are Historic Downtown Smithfield, Virginia and Key West, Florida.
- In the North Central Region, the winners are Bay View Association, Michigan and Stillwater, Minnesota.
- In the South Central Region, the winners are Old Arabi Neighborhood, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana and Lafayette Square, St. Louis, Missouri.
- In the Northwest Region, the winners are The Victorian Village of Ferndale, California and Eureka, California.
- In the Southwest Region, the winners are Tubac, Arizona and Manhattan Beach, California.
For a glimpse of the 12 Prettiest Painted Places in America, please view the video below.
“Exceptional Merit” Winners Also Among America’s Prettiest Painted Places
In addition to naming 12 winners, our judges awarded nine other nominees “exceptional merit” honors for their beautiful painted appearance:
- 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
- Original Townsite Historic District, Victoria, Texas.
To get a look at these “exceptionally” pretty painted places, click here. You’ll quickly understand why our judges felt compelled to recognize these very special communities also.
Congratulations to All
Congratulations to our 12 national winners and the nine “exceptional merit” communities!
Now that the judging is completed, we would like to thank all those who were involved in our competition. Every single one of you — and your community — has much to be proud of. Thanks also to our panel of judges, who were faced with some very difficult decisions.
For our part, we are happy to have discovered so many places with attractively painted neighborhoods, remarkable Main Streets, meticulously restored commercial areas, authentically preserved historical districts, exquisite outdoor mural programs, and creative flair in their use of exterior paint on everything from streets and sidewalks to life-size folk art. We come away with a profound sense that every part of America in indeed blessed with an abundance of pretty painted places!