Adding Vitality in Public Spaces
Beautiful Downtown Lewiston coordinates several initiatives to improve downtown Lewiston’s physical appearance. Each spring we rally 75+ volunteers for the annual Refresh the Valley clean up day. In 2017, we added art in vacant storefront windows to brighten storefronts during the holiday shopping season. For 2018, BDL is working with a bunch of partners to install vinyl wraps printed with historic images on the traffic signal boxes in downtown Lewiston.
Three Traffic Signal Box "History Wraps" Installed this Fall in Downtown Lewiston
Lewiston, ID— Three new “History Wraps” have been installed on traffic signal boxes in downtown Lewiston. The beautification project is the result of a “Town and Gown” partnership that was brought to fruition thanks to grants from the Idaho Humanities Council, the Lewis Clark Association of Realtors, Visit LC Valley, and generous community members who donated to a 2018 crowdfunding campaign that raised $2,500.
The four new signal box wraps are located at the following intersections:
- Main Street and 9th Street: Features the history of the 9th Street Grade’s Depression-era construction, the Masonic Temple & Opera House, and Casey’s Dance Club
- D Street and 5th Street: Features the history of the now Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, the Lewiston City Library, and the history of the Chinese in Lewiston Lewiston’s historic Chinese population
- D Street and 3rd Street: Features the historic Bollinger Building, destroyed by fire in 1994, the Lewiston Fire Department, and the Bell Building
“Each signal box wrap is specific to its location,” noted Courtney Kramer, BDL Executive Director, in a press release. “In addition to preventing graffiti, the wraps convey our community’s unique history through text and photos. Thanks to funding from Visit LC Valley, we were able to include a wayfinding map on each signal box to help visitors find their way between downtown destinations and free public parking lots on D and F Streets.”
Content for each “History Wrap” was developed in the spring of 2017 by Lewis-Clark State College students enrolled in Dr. Amy Canfield’s “Public History” course. Dr. Canfield and Kramer will repeat the “Town and Gown” partnership in the spring of 2020, when Dr. Canfield’s class will develop content for a mural depicting women integral to the adoption of the 19th’ Amendment, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in August 2020.
The three new wraps join two others installed in 2018, at the corners of Main and 3rd Street and Main and 5th Street.
For questions about this project, please contact Courtney Kramer, Executive Director for Beautiful Downtown Lewiston, at Courtney@beautifuldowntownlewiston.org or 208-790-1148.
BDL to Unveils First of 10 Traffic Signal Box "History Wraps" and Launches Seven Day Crowdfunding Campaign
Today at noon we unveiled the first of ten traffic signal box “History Wraps” in downtown Lewiston.
We need your help raising the funds to complete the project! We’ve set a goal of raising $7,000 in seven days for downtown beautification projects, including the remaining five signal box wraps, new street pole banners, benches, and trash cans.
Please consider a small, tax-deductible donation to BDL to help us beautify downtown!
Donations will be accepted in the offices of Beautiful Downtown Lewiston from 8 AM to 5 PM from July 12 through July 19 (office is closed Saturday and Sunday). BDL’s offices are located at 301 Main Street, Suite #103 (corner of 3rd and Main) in downtown Lewiston.
Donations may also be made via GoFundMe or PayPal on BDL’s website.
BDL to Unveil First of 10 Traffic Signal Boxes on July 12
Beautiful Downtown Lewiston (BDL) invites the community to a street corner reception to unveil the first of 10 beautification installations in downtown Lewiston at noon on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
Community members will gather on the corner of Main and 5th Streets to witness the unveiling of the first vinyl wrap printed with historic photos of the intersection. The vinyl wrap will be installed on the metal box that contains the traffic signal equipment. “Similar installations in other communities are printed with art and are proven to deter unsightly graffiti,” said Courtney Kramer, BDL Executive Director. “Instead of art, we decided to celebrate Lewiston’s unique history and provide a wayfinding map to help pedestrians navigate downtown Lewiston.”