Painting the town

City wins national honor as ‘prettiest painted places’

It’s said that a fresh coat of paint can enhance just about any building’s curb appeal. It helped Stillwater recently earn an award from DOW and the Paint Quality Institute.

The city was named a top 12 “Prettiest Painted Places in America” by PQI and DOW after a rigorous four-month search of more than 200 U.S. communities nominated by state tourism offices, chambers of commerce, visitors’ bureaus and Main Street associations.

A panel of judges with expertise in paint and exterior color schemes reviewed the entries and two winners from six different geographic areas were awarded. Stillwater won for the North Central Region of the U.S.

A total of 25 images were included with the Stillwater entry. Stillwater, the birthplace of Minnesota (1848), is home to architecturally significant painted historic beds-and-breakfast inns and Victorian mansions constructed in the late 1800s on the hills surrounding the historic river town by millionaire lumber barons.

“The truth is, we had so many worthy nominees that we could have presented many more awards,” said Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the PQI, “The field of entries was truly exceptional and selecting just a dozen winners and nine merit communities was daunting.”

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.

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