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Main Street

Historic Downtown Bradford

View of Main Street from Emery Towers.


The Bradford Main Street Program is a catalyst for growth and development of Historic Downtown Bradford. Following the guidelines of the Four Point National Main Street program, Bradford Main Street focuses on business recruitment, façade improvement, community advocacy, and special events.  The Main Street Program strives to promote Downtown Bradford as a place to live, work, and visit, and to make improvements to the area to support these activities.


Façade Improvement Program

Preserving our historic architecture is often a costly endeavor. Our façade improvement program assists property owners within the historic district with the upkeep, repair, and restoration of the exterior of their historic buildings. Qualifying projects will receive a 50% total cost reimbursement for the historically appropriate renovations and repairs made to their building’s façade. Interested applicants should contact the Main Street Manager.

814-368-7170 ext. 117

Downtown Bradford Facade Improvement Guidelines



Historic Architecture Review Board

All proposed changes to the exterior of buildings located within Bradford’s Historic District must be approved by the Historic Architecture Review Board; or H.A.R.B. The H.A.R.B ensures that appropriate changes to historic buildings are being made, and that the historic integrity of these buildings remains intact for future generations. Property owners who wish to make any changes or alterations to the exterior of their property must fill out an application, available below, detailing the specifics of the proposed work. The application will be reviewed at the monthly H.A.R.B meeting. If approved, the applicant will receive a Certificate of Appropriateness and work may begin. If the application is denied, no work will be permitted, and the applicant must make the appropriate changes to their application and re-apply the following month. The Historic District Design Guideline, also available below, outlines appropriate and inappropriate projects, and  what the H.A.R.B will and will not allow.

HARB Ordinance and Application

Historic District Design Guidelines

Main Street Events

Main Street is the gathering space for community events. Parades, festivals, and farmers markets all take place in the heart of our historic district. Listed below are the upcoming Main Street events. Follow us on Facebook for more events! www.facebook.com/BradfordPAMainStreet

Winter Ladies’ Night-January 18th

Bradford Bridal Show-February 18th

Downtown Bradford Quilt Hunt- March 17th-24th

Spring Ladies’ Night- April 19th

Downtown Spring Clean Up- April 21st

May Lunch in The Square- May 9th

Town-Wide Garage Sale- May 26th

Memorial Day Parade- May 28th

June Lunch in The Square- June 13th

World Day of music Festival- June 21st

July Lunch in The Square- July 11th

Summer Ladies’ Night- July 19th

Kids and Cancer Motorcycle Run Benefit and Block Party- July 28th

August Lunch in The Square- August 8th

Festa Italiana- August 9th-11th

Bradford Wine Walk- August 11th

September Lunch in The Square- September 12th

Bradford Pumpkin Fest- September 29th

Bradford History Hunt- October 13th

Fall Ladies’ Night- October 18th

Trick or Treat Main Street- October 27th

Holiday Open House- November 3rd

Shop Small Business Saturday- November 24th

Cruisin’ Into Christmas Parade- November 30th

Santa Visits Downtown Bradford- December 6th, 13th, 20th

Old Fashioned Christmas- December 8th

Winter Wine Walk-December 8th

First Night Bradford- December 31st