What are the two concrete-block pillars in the center of town?
Early in 2013, two build- ings that have stood next to each other for decades—Ridgefield Library and Webster Bank, which at one time was the town’s movie theater—were demolished. new buildings are to be erected in their place. However, the timing of the renovations is the only thing these two projects have in common.
The Ridgefield Library, on the corner of Main and Prospect, is taking a step outside of the confinements of traditional library design. a futuristic, open-floor plan consisting of glass dividers and solid beams will make interior spaces appear larger. it will also allow for easy adaptation of space as the needs of the community change. reconstruction using green-building practices will result in energy efficiency, advanced HVAC systems, and lower utility costs. Visitors will be able to enjoy a resource center equipped with efficient, high-speed computers. The brand-new Ridgefield Library is scheduled to open next spring.
Next door and slightly downhill on Prospect Street, The Prospector, ridgefield’s soon-to-be new movie theater, is taking a different approach to its design. While incorporating three screens and cutting- edge technology, The Prospector will take on the same historic appearance that the original building had when it was first constructed in 1940. in an attempt to rekindle those cinema-showing days, the new theater’s architecture will mirror photographs and sketches provided by the Ridgefield Historical Society. Memorable features such as the original theater’s front doors, framed posters that advertised the movies that were playing, and the lights and lanterns that led patrons to their seats will be copied and included in the final design. The end result should be a movie theater that past generations will appreciate and future generations will yearn to explore.