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After authoring Residential Design Guidelines for the City of Thomson's local historic district in 2022, Ethos was commissioned to update the city's Downtown Thomson National Register historic district nomination and develop guidelines for the district's commercial buildings. The update will expand the district's period of significance, allowing more property owners to take advantage of historic rehabilitation tax incentives. As part of the project, Ethos is developing a package of financial incentives available to property owners to encourage and aid investment in the district.


The creation of commercial design guidelines involved research, surveying, and preparing standards to ensure the preservation of Thomson’s historic buildings and its larger historic context while effectively managing growth through compatible alterations. The guidelines include best practices for rehabilitating historic buildings and ensure new construction is harmonious with its historic context. The guidelines provide clarification in simple terms, accompanied by illustrations and examples.

Additionally, Ethos successfully authored a 2022 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant application which led to $700,000 in funding for a local facade grant program, made possible by the National Park Service. 

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