Saint Paul, Minn. (October 4, 2007) – Today, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s “Upstairs Downtown” Program is receiving a prestigious National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The project is one of 21 national award winners the National Trust for Historic Preservation is honoring during its week-long 2007 National Preservation Conference in the Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Across the country, there are thousands of buildings with vacant upper floors. As sidewalks buzz with activities and storefronts cast a welcoming glow, upstairs windows are dark and the spaces behind them are often vacant and forgotten. But the “Upstairs Downtown” program, an ambitious initiative of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA), is working to provide comprehensive strategies for revitalizing these underdeveloped spaces in historic downtown buildings... Read the full press release here.