In addition to the 12 winners, nine other places were cited as having “exceptional merit”, meaning they were “just too pretty to go without recognition,” according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute. They are: Cape May, New Jersey; Crested Butte, Colorado; Old Louisville, Kentucky; Ottawa and Franklin County, Kansas; Owego Historic District, New York; Paducah, Kentucky; Historic Park City, Utah; Richmond, Indiana; and Original Townsite Historic District, Victoria, Texas.
“The truth is, we had so many worthy nominees that we could have presented many more awards,” said Zimmer. “The field of entries in this year’s competition was truly exceptional, and selecting just a dozen winners and only nine exceptional merit communities was daunting.”
This is the third time the Paint Quality Institute has conducted a search for the prettiest painted places in America. It held the first competition in the 1990s, and another in year 2000. The purpose of the competition is to give recognition to places that use paint to express pride in their communities, and highlight how an attractive exterior paint treatment can enhance the curb appeal of virtually any home, building, or exterior structure.
“We hope that the exquisite exteriors from these ‘prettiest painted places’ will inspire others to beautify their properties with exterior paint,” said Zimmer. “Painting is one of the most effective — and cost effective — ways to add color and style to our surroundings.”