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Auburn in Androscoggin County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

Festival Plaza

Festival Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
1. Festival Plaza Marker
Festival Plaza was created as part of the 1997 Auburn Downtown Action Plan for Tomorrow (ADAPT) visioning and revitalization initiative. As designed by Boston's ICON Architecture, Festival plaza establishes a vibrant and artistic civic focal point along the Androscoggin River, conveying a 21st Century interpretation of the "New England Commons."

Dedicate on September 21, 2002, Festival Plaza is noteworthy as both a fine urban public gathering place and a world-class piece of public art & architecture. Its most dominant design features are the seven masts which serve to secure the visually-striking canopies.

Within the Plaza and under the great canopies are a number of engaging heritage-based design elements, including two water features. The Great Water Fall, an artistic interpretation of the Great Androscoggin Falls, pours a sheet of water upon a grouping of massive granite stones. This theme is continued along the surface of the Plaza which presents an artistic depiction of the Androscoggin River channel below the Great Falls. Notice the etched waves in the gray floor surface, as well
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as the form of four islands in brown/red color below the "Falls."

The second notable water feature, the River Cascade, begins at the Plaza level and flows down a series of seven steps towards the Androscoggin River. Here you will discover a series of nine bronze shoes placed upon the steps in the Cascade channel. Each of the bronze shoes is designed with a water jet that creates a dynamic movement of water. The bronze shoes represent Auburn's historical distinction as one of America's leading centers of shoe-manufacturing.

The City of Auburn's Seal is set into the surface at the center of the Plaza, and is shown projecting rays of sun from its circular form.

The Plaza is surrounded by graceful silver birch trees and nicely framed by the historic buildings that have graced Main Street since the mid-19th century. The entire Festival Plaza composition opens to the memorable and romantic vista of the Androscoggin River.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is September 21, 2002.
Location. 44° 5.79′ N, 70° 13.497′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Maine, in Androscoggin County. Marker is on Main Street (Maine Route 136) 0.1 miles south of Court Street (U.S.
Festival Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
2. Festival Plaza Marker
202), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Main St, Auburn ME 04210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Auburn, Maine (a few steps from this marker); Auburn's Agriculture, Forestry and Resource Protection Zone (within shouting distance of this marker); Roak Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Auburn L.L. Bean Store / Le Magasin L.L. Bean À Auburn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ecology of the Riverbanks / La Biodiversité des Berges (about 500 feet away); Civil War Memorial (about 600 feet away); Amitgonpontook (about 700 feet away); Maine's Loss of Farmland & Rise of Small Farms (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Dec. 8, 2023