Main Street News

We are thrilled to report that the Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands and Cypress Circle Café at the Houston Zoo received the 2021 Top Honors for Excellence in Exhibit Design from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Main Street provided interpretive planning and design for this project, which sets a new standard for adaptive reuse, converting a stagnant duck pond into a working wetland and a vibrant habitat for iconic Texas wildlife species. Congratulations to Lee Ehmke and his... Read More

The nation’s newest national park opened to the public, fittingly enough, on Labor Day 2021. The site preserves and interprets the history of the Pullman Palace Car Works in south Chicago, a landmark in American industrial and labor history. Main Street provided exterior interpretation and site signage design for this important project. Historic architecture by Quinn Evans Architects and Bauer Latoza Studio. Landscape design by SITE. Fabrication by Sparq1200.

Congratulations to the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, a long-term repeat Main Street Design client, on taking another huge step in the transformation of their Memorial Park campus. HANC just opened their state-of-the-art new nature playscape, a hands-on, minds-on, whole body, nature-inspired adventure. Main Street provided interpretive graphics and signage design for this project. Playscape design by Design Workshop of Austin, Texas and fabrication by Sparq1200 of Houston. To learn... Read More

Main Street Design is delighted to announce the completion of our memorial trail at the Dorothy Hamm Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. In conjunction with its renovation and expansion, the former Stratford Junior High School – originally named for Robert E. Lee’s plantation – was renamed to honor a local civil rights activist. The memorial celebrates the courage and confidence of four young Black students who entered the school on the morning of February 2, 1959, making this the first... Read More

The Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, California has opened its new Redwood Sky Walk for limited capacity testing of interpretive components developed by Main Street Design. Simple, unobtrusive graphics were designed to provide information without interfering with the guests’ direct experience of nature. Inexpensive temporary mockups were installed for testing, and the final components will reflect the outcomes of evaluation. Visit here to learn more.

Congratulations to the Houston Zoo on their receipt of both a 2020 AZA Green Award, Significant Achievement, and Special Recognition from the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Parks and Natural Areas for the Katherine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands. Main Street is proud to have provided interpretive planning and design for this ground-breaking initiative which simultaneously demonstrates the Zoo’s commitment to sustainability and celebrates iconic Texas wildlife species. 

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