The vibrant, fully occupied town square in Fairfield raises an interesting quandary; many of its buildings no longer possess their historic fronts, but they still house operating businesses. Is architectural uniformity and beauty more important than a healthy city? Certainly not, and while the storefronts of Fairfield with their hodgepodge of often disparate styles are not aesthetically perfect, the town square was buzzing with activity and life–certainly better than perfectly preserved but abandoned buildings.
In many ways, the miscellaneous styles create their own beauty, and definitely tell a fascinating story.
The alley between the square and courthouse has been converted into a cozy shopping district, linking the two foci of the town.
An interesting characteristic of local buildings is the presence of enclosed outer staircases on the side walls of commercial buildings.
The cool Art-Deco style bank building on the northeast corner of the square fits in well, with its massing and proportions equal to its earlier neighbors.