Downtown Frederick wins award for painting -- Gazette.Net



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Downtown Frederick is known for its shops and restaurants, but now the city can add the quality of the paint jobs on its buildings to its list of attractions.

The downtown area was recently named one of the 12 “Prettiest Painted Places in America” by the Paint Quality Institute, an organization that helps educate consumers, contractors and designers about various types of paint products.

The award was decided by five judges from across the country, all with a deep knowledge of color design and architecture, said Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Institute.

Each judge reviewed at least 15 submitted photos from the nearly 200 entries from across the country, then examined them again when the 60 finalists were chosen, she said.

“Downtown Frederick’s Main Street area, home to a vibrant arts community, has beautifully painted architecture dating to the 1700s,” according to a release from the institute.

Part of the judges’ criteria was whether color schemes were appropriate for an applicant’s architecture and the region of the country they were from, and Frederick met those requirements, Zimmer said.

“It was just tremendously painted.”