This weekend was Doors Open Lowell, a chance to tour historic properties throughout the city. Gist and I had a great time visiting 14 of the 25 buildings. Our only regret? That we weren’t able to visit more!
This is Appleton Mills, which was built between 1902 and 1914. They Mills were among the last buildings built in the Appleton millyard and are currently in the midst of construction into artist live-work space.
Pawtucket Gatehouse (1847) is the largest on the Lowell canal system and controlled the flow of water into the Northern Canal. Still in use today, the gatehouse contains much of its original gate raising equipment.
The Tenth Street School (1880), this Italianate style primary school was built to relieve overcrowding at the nearby Varnum School.
And our absolute favorite open door…
Tremont Yard, which is located beneath a new bank building. During the bank construction these historic, subterranean archeological remains were discovered. It is the site of pioneering turbine experiments undertaken by famed engineer James B. Francis in 1855. And it was awesome!