The plan for a new downtown arts and education center in Waterville, Maine was announced on March 2, 2018 by Colby College and Waterville Creates!. The design by Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design and GO Logic will transform and expand the historic building at the intersection of Main Street and Castonguay Square. The new building will establish a new center for the arts in downtown Waterville, incorporating spaces for the Colby College Museum of Art, The Maine International Film Festival, and the Waterville Opera House. A café and educational spaces are also included in the design.
The project contributes to Colby College’s on-going effort to revitalize historic downtown Waterville through collaboration with the city, private donors, and other public groups.
Situated by the Kennebec River, Waterville was once a major hub of manufacturing and shipping. This history is still visible in the impressive brick buildings that make up much of Waterville’s downtown. The revitalization effort by Colby College has focused on creating links between campus and downtown, while also establishing Waterville as a destination city. Other projects include a new hotel and student housing.
Take a look at the funding campaign here
Central Maine, “Art, Film Center Envisioned for The Center in Downtown Waterville”
Maine Biz, “Colby, Waterville Creates! Collaborate on Downtown Arts Building Renovation”
Colby College, “Colby and Waterville Creates! Partner to Establish New Downtown Arts Center”