Exciting changes are taking place in downtown Dayton! Dayton’s historic and walkable downtown has unique shopping, eating and drinking establishments centered around a town green. Come experience the transformation—from rehabilitated historic buildings to new public art on the the newly renovated Ferry Street. There’s something for everyone!
The City of Dayton has completed major enhancements to downtown, including the rehabilitation of the historic fort, bandstand and fountain in the town square; new sidewalks, lighting, restroom facility, and playground in the town square; new sidewalks, street trees & landscaping on Ferry Street, 4th Street, and 3rd Street; and the purchase and architectural remodeling of Palmer Creek Lodge Dayton Community Center on 4th Street.
Francis Court, a new two-story 5,393 SF mixed-use building with commercial tenants on the first floor and two apartment residences above, was completed in 2015. Preservation architect Paul Falsetto and owner Bill Stoller are engaged in the project as part of a larger community revitalization strategy, including the restoration of some of downtown Dayton’s historic properties. The new structure is adjacent to the historic Dayton First Baptist Church building, which was extensively rehabilitated in 2014 and repurposed as a restaurant.
Five other commercial buildings downtown have received facade renovations and rehabilitation through private investments and public grants.
Art for Downtown Dayton
Art Barrel Planters
Artfully-painted wine barrel planters are adding color and style to the downtown Dayton streetscape. Each wine barrel is artistically painted with themes honoring Dayton’s agricultural heritage and planted with flowering and evergreen plants such as camellias and rosemary. The artists are Kylie Spivey, Heidi Lindell, Karol Crowder, Jeannie Putman, Valerie Hutchins, Yvonne Craig, Lora Kearns, Jennifer Bartch, and Pieper Sweeney. The wine barrels and plants were generously donated by Stoller Family Estate, Red Ridge Farms, French Prairie Perennials, C&D Landscape, Dayton FFA, and Monrovia. Local resident and DCDA member Teresa Shelburne spearheaded this Dayton Community Development Association project.
Downtown Dayton has a set of art murals depicting scenes from Dayton’s past and present on display across from City Hall. The murals enhance a fence located along Ferry Street. The panels feature scenes honoring Dayton’s heritage and agriculture including one of the steamboats that used to navigate the Yamhill River to land in Dayton. The murals were painted on 4 by 6 foot panels by artist Kev Kohler in his studio in Dallas. Installed in July 2012, the murals were a project of community volunteers from the Dayton Community Development Association. The project was funded through a generous award from the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition and through donations from Western AG Improvement and Carleton Hart Architecture.
Annual Dayton Friday Nights Events
Dayton Friday Nights is a summer celebration every Friday evening June-August in downtown Dayton. A mix of live music in the town green, arts and crafts, a cruise in featuring unique and antique cars, community booths, fun, food and more. Free admission and family-friendly! Hosted annually by the Dayton Community Development Association and co-presented by the DCDA and City of Dayton with the help of community and business sponsors.