Beautification Award Press Release



Date: August 3, 2016


Contact: Sara Smith

Phone: 540-586-2148



Bedford Main Street Recognizes The Bower Center

BEDFORD – Bedford Main Street awarded its July Beautification Award to The Bowyer Center, located at 305 N. Bridge Street. The designation recognizes the Center for the renovation of the building and adding to the beautification of the Centertown Bedford area.

The building itself has a rich and varied history. In fact, though not apparent upon first glance, the Bower Center is actually comprised of two buildings, with the original structure having been built in 1880. Much of the Bower Center though has been converted for its primary use as an art center. Exhibit space has been set up on all three levels, with the ground floor housing the primary Gallery Exhibit space as well as Class Areas and Studio spaces. For the past year, it has undergone a massive rehabilitation that included adding a new foyer space, adding an elevator, and painting the exterior.

“The Bower Center is a landmark building in Centertown. The rehab they’ve done really makes a huge positive impact on the visual appeal of the town,” Bryan Schley, chairman of the Bedford Main Street, Design Committee said.

The Bedford Beautification Award recognizes investments in renovations to buildings and outdoor spaces in the historic Centertown area. Anyone who owns or manages space in the Bedford Main Street district and who conducts renovation, rehabilitation, and/or beautification to their space is eligible for the award. Awards are presented monthly at Bedford Town Council meetings. To nominate a property owner/manager, contact the Bedford Main Street office at 540-586-2148 or

Bedford has been a designated Main Street Community since 1985. Bedford Main Street works to re-energize economic development of our Centertown district while utilizing our cultural assets and character.  This is further accomplished by pooling the resources of local civic and business leaders who are determined to bring our Main Street community back to life. The innovative Four-Point Approach © program uses design, promotion, economic vitality and organization to reach our goal to help us all build a better community.  Bedford Main Street is one of 25 designated communities throughout Virginia.