249 Tiles

The story behind the Davis Square Tiles

Inside the Davis Square T stop in Somerville, Massachusetts, there are 249 tiles created by students at the Powderhouse Community School during the 1978-79 school year. These tiles are a record of 249 people who lived in Somerville at the time, and we are collecting their personal histories to better understand the history of Somerville.

Did you make one of these tiles?

To add your story, create an account (or login using your Facebook account). Once you are logged in, you will be able to view a list of the tiles, select yours, and add your profile. If you're having trouble finding your tile, please email us at contactatdavissquaretilesproject [dot] com.

Volunteer to help us find the people who made these tiles

We are asking volunteers to help us by finding and interviewing the people who made these tiles. To volunteer, create an account (or login using your Facebook account). Once you are logged in, you will be able to select a tile and get information on how to find the tile-maker and conduct your interview.

If you have any questions, please contact us at contactatdavissquaretilesproject [dot] com.

Press

Read the Boston Globe article about this project on our press page.

Documentary from 1986

Watch the 1986 documentary about the Arts on the Line project and see photos of the tiles being made on our background page.

Completed tiles

Click on a tile for more information on the person who made it.

Tile imageAbdullah Shaikh Tile imageMahmood Shaikh Tile imageRekha Shaikh Tile imageKim Smith
Tile imageJohn Spindler Tile imageChristi Szalkowski Tile imageDebbie Viveiros Tile imageKatya Vogis
Tile imageElisa Wentworth Tile imageKim Westgate Tile imageKevin White Tile imageLorri Willwerth
Tile imageDouglas Wiswall Tile imageLisa Wiswall Tile imageDavid Wolf Tile imageFred Young