Beautification Committee

The Beautification Committee plays a key role in shaping the physical image of Main Street as a place attractive to shoppers, investors, business owners and visitors.  To succeed, this task force must persuade independent business and property owners and civic leaders to adopt a specific approach for physical improvements to buildings, businesses and public improvements by:
1.  Educating others about good design - enhancing the image of each business as well as that of downtown Guthrie Center and providing good design advice;
2.  Planning downtown Guthrie Center's development by guiding future growth and shaping regulations; and
3.  Motivating others to make changes by creating incentives and targeting key projects.

To see the City of Guthrie Center's Downtown Design Standards, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Current Members

Chair - Becky Carico

Judy Hilgenberg

Laura Imerman

Dennis Kunkle

Pam Kunkle

Dennis Patrick

Rusty Pearson

City of Guthrie Center Design Standards

165.37  DOWNTOWN ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE.  A Downtown Enhancement Committee is hereby created.  The committee and district are intended to accommodate the major business and office concentration in the City.  It is characterized further by a variety of stores and related activities which occupy the central commercial district of the City and is also characterized by certain mixed use structures and limited residential uses.  The Committee is created for the following:


1.         Preserve the small-town, unique character of downtown.


2.         Complement the existing architecture.


3.         Enhance the pedestrian orientation of downtown and encourage streetscape design that is inviting.


4.         Encourage pedestrian activity downtown.


5.         Strive for a “classic” appearance; that is, a look that stands the test of time.  When viewed in 20 or 30 years, building facades and streetscape elements should not “date” themselves and be associated with a particular fad or trend, but rather they should have a classic, timeless appearance.


165.38  DOWNTOWN ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE CREATED.  A Downtown Enhancement Committee is hereby established. The Committee shall consist of five (5) members to be appointed by the Council for overlapping terms of five (5) years.  At least two members of the Downtown Enhancement Committee must own property in the Downtown District or represent someone who owns property in the District.  The Committee shall elect from its members a Chair and Vice Chair.  The Committee is established to approve any building colors, street furniture, or anything else, or to make any recommendations or approve exceptions to the design standards set forth in this chapter.  At least three (3) members of the Committee must vote in favor of the approval or recommendation.


165.39  APPEALS FROM THE DOWNTOWN ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE.  Any person or persons or any board, taxpayer, department, board or bureau of the City aggrieved by any decision of the Downtown Enhancement Committee may seek review of such decision of the Committee by the City Council of the City of Guthrie Center.

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Primary Building Materials


  1. Painting previously unpainted brick is not allowed without prior approval of Downtown Enhancement Committee.
  2. The following material are not allowed on the facades of buildings adjacent to public right-of-ways:  a) concrete block or brick larger than 4 inches in height, 12 inches in length b)  Aluminum, vinyl or fiberglass siding or roofing materials c) concrete masonry units (except split-faced block),variety may be used for accents only d) materials that attempt to mimic traditional materials without prior approval of the Downtown Enhancement Committee.  

Front Entry


1.        Except when using a door style original to the building, doors must be metal or fiberglass with a full panel design with at least the upper panels in glass or be full glass.  Vinyl and metal screen/storm doors are not allowed.

2.        Doors to apartment entrances for upper story house may be full metal or fiberglass.



1.   Owners are encouraged to preserve, maintain, or repair their original configuration or with materials and details to match the existing.

2.    Plans to remove, conceal, cover, or replace a cornice should be reviewed and agreed upon between the owner and the Downtown Enhancement Committee.



  1. Owners are encouraged to repair or retain original windows.  Windows replacement should only be considered when existing are not original or are so deteriorated that repair is not feasible.
  2. Plans for new storefront windows should be reviewed and agreed upon between the owner and the Downtown Enhancement Committee.
  3. Clear glass should be installed for display windows.  Interior shades or horizontal blinds should be utilized for shade or privacy.  Permanent shades or covers may not be used.
  4. Avoid creating new window openings or eliminating original window openings on all principal elevations, or on areas of a building that can be viewed easily by the public.
  5. Original window trim should be preserved and retained.  Decorative window lintels and details may be added.
  6. Upper story replacement windows should match the original in size and shape.  Design, material and glazing pattern should be replicated if feasible.
  7. Covering of deteriorating or broken windows/doors with cardboard, plywood or similar material for more than 30 days is not allowed.



  1. If canvas awnings are used, awnings cannot extend across multiple storefronts and/or multiple buildings.  Canvas awnings must be constructed of durable, protective and water repellant canvas.  Backlighting or illuminating awnings are not allowed.
  2. All awnings must be at least 3 feet away from the plane of any street light.








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Roofs and Parapets


  1. The roof design or style must be maintained where it is visible from the ground (e.g. a flat roof may not be replaced with a pitched roof).
  2. Roofing materials visible from the ground in front of the building cannot include metal except for caps.
  3. Adequate gutters and downspouts must be located to carry water off the roof and away from the building.
  4. Heating/cooling units, air circulation units, antennas and satellite dishes must be located as near to the rear of the roof as mechanically possible so they cannot be seen from the ground and front of the building.  If placement out of view from the ground is not mechanically possible, a movable barrier designed to blend with the rest of the structure should be built around such mechanical units that would provide adequate air circulation.
  5. Parapets should be capped and sealed.
  6. Unless damaged beyond repair, architectural designs on the parapet should be maintained

Other Architectural Details


  1. Bulkheads, transoms, molding and other architectural details should be replaced with like architectural details, even if exact materials cannot be used.  Transom windows should be replaced with windows unless the interior structure has been altered such that windows are not feasible.  In all other cases, materials for architectural details shall replicate the appearance of the original.



  1. The color of buildings should complement the adjacent buildings’ colors.  The color of brick or other natural building materials should dictate the color family choice.  Bricks in the red and brown tones with light and bright colors should be used only as minor accents.  The accent colors should complement the primary color.  Colors used must either be on the color palette approved by the Downtown Enhancement Committee organized pursuant to 165.37 or a proposed color must be submitted to and approved by them.  If the Downtown Enhancement Committee does not approve a color submitted, the applicant may appeal the decision to the Planning Commission for consideration.

Utility Areas and Mechanical Equipment Screening


  1. Where mechanical equipment, utility boxes or dumpsters are located on the ground visible from the front, a barrier should be constructed around the structure, to screen such equipment or dumpster.  Barriers should maintain necessary access and adequate air circulation to and around such equipment.  Barriers should also screen tires, scrap metal and debris.

Exhaust Fans


  1. Exhaust fans may not exhaust through any wall visible from the front.

Performance Standards


  1. Street Sales, Furniture and Plants.  Any benches or planters kept in front of buildings must be a variety approved by the Downtown Enhancement Committee organized pursuant to 165.37.  Any metal may have no rust or chipping paint.  Any wood must be finished and weather-resistant.  Plants kept in front of buildings must be kept green and live with no unsightly weeds.  Sidewalk sales may not continue for more than six (6) consecutive days and no more than 15 days in a calendar month.

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