Main Street makeover: Brightening up downtown Wilmington


By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com



In the composite photo, at top is a look at what the future holds for the Main Street building facades; at bottom is a current view of the buildings and the work underway.

In the composite photo, at top is a look at what the future holds for the Main Street building facades; at bottom is a current view of the buildings and the work underway.


Left, courtesy rendering; right, photo by Molly Boatman for the News Journal

WILMINGTON — West Main Street is getting a lot more colorful.

Eight owners of properties across the street from the Murphy Theatre are getting their building facades painted.

The work is being done by Wiederhold Painting and Home Improvement, and designed by Jason Morgan and his wife, Margaret, artists behind most of the murals in town.

“I was just planning on doing three buildings, but I started talking to Taylor Stuckert about painting his building,” said Tim Wiederhold, owner and operator of Wiederhold Painting. “He advised me about talking to the other owners.”

Wiederhold told the News Journal the design has a lot of “deep color” and “warm color accents”, including purples, dark greens and dark blues.

“They’re also going to have details on them that’ll hopefully brighten up and revamp Main Street,” said Wiederhold.

The Morgans drew their inspiration for the color design from the city of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

“My wife always liked how the landscape of the buildings in Amsterdam were painted; since they have more dreary days, they want something to brighten up the area,” said Jason.

The Morgans feel honored to be a part of this project and can’t wait to see the final result.

Margaret works as a project developer for Orange Frazer Press on the West Main block and parks on Main Street every day. She looks forward to seeing the subdued colors of Main Street get a refresher.

“I can see it in my mind and on my computer, but we’re more excited to see it in person,” said Jason.

In the composite photo, at top is a look at what the future holds for the Main Street building facades; at bottom is a current view of the buildings and the work underway.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/08/web1_composite-1-1.jpgIn the composite photo, at top is a look at what the future holds for the Main Street building facades; at bottom is a current view of the buildings and the work underway. Left, courtesy rendering; right, photo by Molly Boatman for the News Journal

By John Hamilton

jhamilton@wnewsj.com

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