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Located in the heart of the historic downtown district, Castonguay Square is one of Waterville’s oldest public gathering spaces. Gifted to the city by land deed in 1840, “The Commons” was renamed Castonguay Square in 1921 for Arthur L. Castonguay, the first soldier from Waterville to be killed in action in World War I. The Square has undergone several re-designs in its long history, with the last major renovation occurring in 1986.
Now, during what is a time of significant new investment and transformative change in Downtown Waterville, Waterville Creates! is leading a public redesign process for Castonguay Square. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program with additional support from the City of Waterville and Colby College, the design project aims to involve diverse voices and perspectives in reimagining this important civic space and its role in our community.
This exhibition integrates three-dimensional design concepts created by teams of citizens during a public design charrette held in November 2018 with historic images of Castonguay Square from the Waterville Historical Society.