Main Street

Main Street


Fort Madison Main Street was founded in 2009, following its predecessor the Riverfront Business District. With great community support, we became a formally recognized Main Street program by the State of Iowa, Main Street America, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Acting as a non-profit organization, our mission is to enhance, beautify, and revitalize the downtown district within district borders through use of volunteer and local efforts as well as state and federal monetary and professional assistance, with a focus to improve the historical and economic health of all public and private structures within the district.

Our historic business district has been going through a major transformation and continues to reinvent itself with upper-story living spaces being created as well as new and improved commercial opportunities. Thanks to state programs and local investment, we’ve been able to see 13 properties receive a facelift bringing back the character of yesteryear. There’s still more to do, but we feel we are working in the right direction. Our strong commercial and professional services have made Fort Madison a great place to visit and proves itself a one-stop-shop.

  • Mission: To preserve the history of Downtown Fort Madison and enhance its future viability as a place to live and operate a thriving business.
  • Vision: To be recognized as a dynamic force in the preservation and revitalization of Downtown Fort Madison.

The Main Street Approach

Main Street is a local program, using the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s four point approach: Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring. Our goal is to support the district through historic preservation and technical support.We are a proud Preserve America community!