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Upstairs Downtown

There are thousands of buildings in America’s older downtowns with vacant upper floors. These spaces have a central location, high visibility, complete community infrastructure, and are prime candidates for redevelopment. Upstairs Downtown is an award-winning initiative created to help owners reclaim and reuse these vacant upper floors, and turn them into income-producing properties.

The Upstairs Downtown training program was developed by the IL SHPO for the Illinois Main Street program. It is designed for building owners, contractors, architects, city officials, preservationists, and downtown professionals.

For more information on this program please contact Anna Margaret Barris at or by phone at 217. 785. 7929

The name, images and material presented in the Upstairs Downtown program are copyright of the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office. They may be used for research and study purposes only. They may not be reproduced, altered or amended in any way without the written consent of  the IL SHPO.