Downtown Evansville’s Newest Mural is Only Temporary – Here’s Why
Downtown Evansville is becoming our little metropolis of murals. We have several very cool ones on buildings that provide unique backdrops for photos. But the latest project is only meant to be temporary.
Main Street Makeover
The Bitterman Building is now home to The Doughnut Parlor, which is the national hub of Parlor Doughnuts. This beautiful building is on the National Register of Historic Places, so the remodel had to be handled very carefully. Now that it's complete, the empty building next to it looked really sad.
Vibrancy on Main
Now that Bitterman Building looks so good, our friends at the Downtown Economic Improvement District commissioned a local artist to cover the empty storefronts. Keeping Downtown Evansville looking great is just one part of the EID's focus.
Clean, Safe & Beautiful: Litter removal, landscaping, contracting private law enforcement patrols, snow removal, installing and funding holiday décor to create a more festive downtown, placemaking projects like Game Room Alley on the 300 block of Main Street and funding additional operating hours at United Caring Services for our neighbors experiencing homelessness Events & Marketing: Host events and market Downtown as a destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment Business & Developer Recruitment: Connect with potential developers and host seminars on topics such as Opportunity Zones
The Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District (EID) commissioned local artist Ryan McKain to create a mural at 206 & 208 Main Street. The temporary mural brings vibrancy to a space that is in a period of transition. If you are interested in purchasing the building or are looking for space for a ground-floor business, please contact the current owner, Architectural Renovators, at (812) 422-2215. To learn more about the EID’s efforts to enhance resident, consumer, investor, worker, and visitor experiences in Downtown Evansville visit: www.downtownevansville.com/about.
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