Main Street Iowa Design Resources

Main Street Iowa design consultants Tim Reinders and Maia Jessen have updated their handouts on a number of topics regarding downtown revitalization.  These easy-to-understand sheets explain the most recent information on historical preservation for the buildings in our Main Street District.

Examples include Cornices, Transom Windows, Slipcovers, Structural Glass and more.

Here are a few links:

Structural Glass [PDF]

Transom Windows[PDF]



You can find the full selection of resources on the – Main Street Iowa Design Resources – page.

Empty Storefronts

Several empty storefronts have received some attractive displays courtesy of volunteers with the Jefferson Matters: Main Street.

Chris Heisterkamp designed the Scrabble type display in the Masonic Lodge.


Roger Aegerter painted the window of 205 N Wilson that is currently owned by the City of Jefferson and available for a viable retail business and living space on the 2nd floor.


Another property owned by the City of Jefferson is the Kendall Building at 111 E Lincoln Way.  A collage of pictures taken during the Party in the Alley is being displayed in the window along with other current events sponsored by Jefferson Matters: Main Street.


Beauty in Jefferson

The twelve pillar planters in the downtown square were filled with beautiful fall flowers by the Design Committee.  Jean Walker, Karen Lawton & Kathy Milligan led this committee to plant them and will continue to add other seasonal plants and flowers.  The Design Committee also changed the twelve banners along Lincoln Way to the fall ones with “Beauty in Jefferson” as the theme.  Together, these banners and planters add a lot of color to the downtown.  Thanks to the City Crew for watering these planters and putting up the banners.

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Successful Historic Plaque Nominee Walk

On Sunday, September 18, over 70 people enjoyed the event highlighting the seven nominees for historical plaques in our downtown.  Small groups were led around the square to meet these nominees and hear their stories.  Following, all participants voted for the first one to receive the plaque on a downtown pillar.  Funds for this plaque were received in a grant from the Greene County Community Foundation and applied for by Jefferson Matters: Main Street.  A plaque costs $1,600 each. The plaque for Milligan Brothers Lumber, Grain & Coal will be funded personally by John & Kathy Milligan.

This event was co-sponsored by Jefferson Matters: Main Street and the Greene County Historical Society.  Many thanks to the actors & actresses, group leaders and Deb McGinn who coordinated this event.

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Historical Plaque Nominee Walk on Sept. 18

Seven nominees for historical plaques in the Jefferson downtown will be featured at this year’s Historical Plaque Nominee Walk on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Greene County Historical Society Museum.  This event will begin and end at the Museum with refreshments and voting for the next plaque to be funded.

Jefferson Matters: Main Street received a grant from the Greene County Community Foundation to fund one more plaque at the cost of $1,600.  Those participating in the afternoon walk will vote.  Milligan Brothers Lumber, Grain & Coal will be paid for by John & Kathy Milligan of Jefferson.  The committee hopes the all plaques will eventually be funded.

Victor Hugo Lovejoy in 1925 family photo
Victor Hugo Lovejoy.

These live actors and actresses will portray the nominees:

The nominees and actors portraying them are as follows:

Victor Hugo Lovejoy – Darren Jackson

Spring Lake – Jean Van Gilder

Milligan Brothers Lumber, Grain & Coal – Don Van Gilder

Elma Gates Albert – Alan Robinson

Azor Mills – Rob Hoyt

Yankee Robinson – Andrew McGinn

Beta Tau Delta – Cassie Dozier & Anita Van Horn