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1.  When is Doors Open Lowell?

2.  How much does it cost?

3.  Where can I get a schedule and list of participating buildings?

4.  Why Lowell?

5.  How did Doors Open Lowell begin?

6.  What is Doors Unhinged!?





The Details – FAQ

 

1.  When is Doors Open Lowell?

           

The 15th Annual Doors Open Lowell will take place as part of the community’s annual Preservation Month activities and will begins Thursday May 12, 2016 through Saturday May 14, 2016. 

2.  How much does it cost?

 

Doors Open Lowell is a free event.

 

3.  Where can I get a schedule and list of participating buildings?

 

Both the schedule and list of participating building can be downloaded from this website.  The program guide will also be available in the Lowell Sun on Wednesday, May 11.  Program guides will also be available at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center at Market Mills at 246 Market Street.

Look for the blue “Doors Open Lowell” banners that distinguish participating buildings throughout the event.

4.  Why Lowell?

 

Lowell was the first large-scale planned and successful industrial city in America, using the power of the rivers in this area, textile mills and canals help put Lowell on the map in the 1820’s.  Today the City thrives as a cultural center, that is home to various museums, colleges, minor league sports franchises and of course the Lowell National Historical Park.

Lowell was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with one of it’s distinguished National Preservation Honor Awards in 2002, as well as one of America’s initial Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2004.  Lowell was designated a Preserve America Community by the White House and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. 

 

5.  How did Doors Open Lowell begin?

 

Lowell is known internationally for its preservation-based economic development tourism efforts.  In 2002, Lowell was the first city in the United States to launch this prestigious event dedicated to built heritage architecture and design.  The Inspiration for Doors Open Lowell came from Toronto who launched the first Doors Open event in North America in 2000.

 Doors Open originated as part of European Heritage Days in 1991 with the number of participating countries increasing in ten years from 11 to 47 and the number of visitors reaching the 20 million mark in 2000.  This Council of Europe initiative, now run jointly with the European Union, has enjoyed growing success over the years.  Toronto’s Doors Open event was inspired by Glasgow, Scotland, the first United Kingdom community to launch its program over a decade ago.  Building on this success, Sydney, Australia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil recently launched their own Doors Open programs and the Ontario Heritage Foundation launched Doors Open Ontario in 2002.  In 2003, New York City launched Open House New York and in 2005 Denver held their first Doors Open event.

 

6.  What is Doors Unhinged!?

 

Doors Unhinged! was Doors Open Lowell’s twist on an art exhibition and fundraiser done in previous years.   We invited local artists to transform ordinary six-paneled doors and 1 over 1 window into something incredible. Look for the return of Doors Unhinged! sometime in the near future... For photographs of the event in the past, look in the Gallery section of our website.

*webpage updated 4/29/16*


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