Design Committee

Primary Areas of Focus:

  • Photo Inventories -both current and historical architecture
  • Building Information Inventory – Compilation of county assessor’s information, amenities, and current use for ground level and upper floors.
  • Public Improvements – Establish simple checklist of space/amenities inventory, parking inventory and public improvement programs influencing the downtown
  • Design Assistance – Drawing on resources from the State of Iowa, design assistance includes architectural renderings of potential redevelopment, awning samples, paint samples, preservation briefs and techniques
  • Historic Preservation – Works with the local governing authorities and the Historic Preservation Commission to uphold the architectural integrity of the historic downtown neighborhood
  • Ordinances, Guidelines, Plans – A resource for the city leadership in developing ordinances to protect and preserve the commercial district
  • Incentives – Formation and Marketing – Offering Facade Grant opportunities to local building owners to encourage renovation of storefronts in a manner consistent with good preservation practices
  • Design Education and Awareness – Community liaison to promote the continued preservation efforts
  • Window Displays and Visual Merchandising – Creating educational workshops for local businesses to enhance their best retail tools.

Monthly Meeting Time:  Meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. with the Architectural Review Board in the Council Chambers

Program of Work

Sweat Equity Projects

  • 2 Downtown Clean-up Campaigns
  • Update Urban Trails Signage

Art in the District

  • Keokuk Walldogs’ Mural Projects

Design Assistance

  • Free Design Assistance w/ Conceptual Renderings
  • Increase Façade Grant Funds
  • Hold an In-Fill Construction Charrette 


  • Host Local Workshop on Masonary Best Practices and/or Repairing Windows
  • Sharing “What Could Be” PowerPoint Presentation

Public Improvement Projects

  • Estes Park Improvements (on-going)
  • Christmas Décor
  • Walk of Fame and Adopt-A-Planter Project

Architectural Standards

  • Educate Committee
  • Update Standards