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Historic Downtown

Our downtown district is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places and home to dozens of shops that offer everything from metal and glassware to art and wine and delicious dining. It also features the restored Temple Theater with a great season of live performances.

Thanks to the work of the Viroqua Historic Preservation Commission, the Downtown District was named to Wisconsin and National Register of Historic Places in 2003 due to the merits of the buildings in the district which are still largely intact. One of the benefits of being in a historic district is tax credits for restoration work. Owners can receive a 20 percent federal investment tax credit for rehabilitation of income-producing historic buildings in the district. There is also a five percent Wisconsin investment tax credit for properties that qualify for the federal credit. In order to qualify for either credit, the restoration or rehabilitation work must meet federal rehabilitation standards.