Main Street Morgantown presented with Historic Preservation Award for the Downtown Morgantown Historic District

Main Street Morgantown was in attendance this past Sunday, October 16 at the Capitol complex in Charleston to receive a recognition award for historic preservation for the Downtown Morgantown Historic District.  The event, “Our Legacy, Our Future,” was produced by the WV Division of Culture and History – State Historic Preservation Office in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.  Because historic preservation is part of the Main Street Morgantown mission, we were presented with this historic preservation recognition award.

From the event program: “Representing a significant period from 1795-1945, this commercial district has resources related to the development of Morgantown from an agricultural community to a thriving city. District boundaries closely follow the original grid of Morgantown as laid out by Zackquill Morgan, founder of the town.  This district includes a collection of architectural styles including Romanesque Revival, Italianate, Gothic Revival, Classical Revival and Federal.”


Public Art Mural: Call for Artists


Request for Proposals/Request for Qualifications


Main Street Morgantown (MSM) requests proposals and qualifications from artists for the design and implementation of public art murals.  This project is part of MSM’s ongoing public art initiative, Art’s Happening, which seeks to enhance and improve downtown Morgantown through the addition of quality public art.

This project represents the first two (2) in a series of artistic murals to be commissioned by MSM.  For these two murals, MSM will choose and commission one (1) artist for each mural to present and develop concepts and oversee production and installation of an artwork, which will simultaneously meet the artistic/technical goals specified herein.

The two proposed public art murals shall be installed on the side of two downtown buildings.  While definitive measurements of the wall areas will be forthcoming, for the purposes of this proposal artists should consider a coverage area of approximately 8-10’ in height, and up to 20-25’ in length.

The organizers of this project ask that all details regarding proposal submissions from artists and artist selections remain confidential until an announcement is made to the public.  A formal press release will be distributed once the artists have been chosen for the two murals.  Response to this RFP/RFQ signifies confidentiality between the organizers (MSM) and the artists involved in this process. Continue reading “Public Art Mural: Call for Artists”

Don Knotts Celebration

Don Knotts photo,

Yesterday was Don Knotts birthday and we will be celebrating his birthday this Saturday, July 23, in Downtown Morgantown.  The celebration includes free public events and local specials offered by a number of downtown restaurants.


Morgantown will celebrate Don Knotts with a daylong celebration downtown this Saturday.  The event will kick off with the unveiling of the Don Knotts statue created by sculptor Jamie Lester, of Vandalia Bronze.  This statue has already been installed outside of the Metropolitan Theatre, directly behind the Don Knotts star of fame, and will be unveiled at 10:00 am.  Continue reading “Don Knotts Celebration”