Preservation Month Awareness: #8 of “31 Ways to Celebrate Preservation Month” – Represent the #THISPLACEMATTERS movement!
The Walthall Courthouse Square Park is the wonderful and hard-fought result of the most devastating event to happen to this community – the 2013 burning of the historic Webster County Courthouse. The local county politicians chose to demolish the courthouse remains and build a new structure on a different site. Leaders of the Village of Walthall, with the pro-bono efforts of a local architectural firm, led the effort to turn the demolition site and the relocation of the new Courthouse away from the Square into a positive asset for the community. Grant funding and in-kind commitments were secured. Key elements of the historic building were saved from demolition and repurposed for a stage and platform for the Park. The perimeter plinth wall was restored and the character of the square was reinforced to provide an iconic Center for the community. This project represents the best of community activism and citizen architects coming together to improve their community.