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The official Doors Open Lowell program guide will appear in the Wednesday, May 11, 2016 edition of the Lowell Sun and that it will also be available at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center at Market Mills, 246 Market Street.

Buildings will be open Friday, May 13 from 6-9pm and

Saturday, May 14 from 10am-1pm & 1pm-4pm.

The COOL Mobile will once again be providing shuttle service to selected Doors Open Lowell sites this year on Saturday, May 14. 

Click HERE for the building map.

NOTE: that all buildings will not be open at all times with different buildings open during each of the Friday and Saturday time periods.

Thursday, May 12

5:30  - 7:30 pm


Community Excellence Awards

Boott Cotton Mills Museum

115 John Street

Join the Lowell National Historical Park and the Lowell Heritage Partnership at their annual historic preservation and cultural awards celebration.  This year's recipients include Martha Mayo, Richard Howe, Jr. for Lowell Walks, Asian American Cultures Festivals Partnerships, the Winn Companies for Counting House Lofts.

Friday, May 13                                 

6 - 9 pm


1.  Whistler House Museum of Art                                                 

243 Worthen Street

Built for the Lowell Machine Shop’s agent, this Federal/Greek Revival building (ca. 1825) is best known as the birthplace of artist James McNeil Whistler.

2.  Gates Block                                                                                  

307 Market Street

The Victorian Gates Block (1881) has been reborn as an arts center and home to the Arts League of Lowell, Van Gogh’s Gear Art Supplies, and artist studios.

3.   City Hall                                                                          

375 Merrimack Street

Visit Lowell’s impressive Richardsonian Romanesque style City Hall (1893).  Only open by tour at 6, 7, and 8pm.  Meet at the entrance at the base of the clocktower.  Doors Open XTRA

4.   Masonic Temple                                                             

79 Dutton Street

Built as Lowell’s Masonic Temple (1928), the building serves the same use today.  Learn about the Masons and view several meeting rooms as you tour this Classical Revival structure.  Doors Open XTRA

5.   St. Anne’s Church                                                                     

227 Merrimack Street

This Gothic Revival church (1825) originally provided public worship for the mill girls and is the home of several Tiffany stained glass windows.

6.  Kirk Street Agents House                                                           

67 Kirk Street

This Greek Revival style building (1846) housed the agents for both the Boott Cotton Mills and Massachusetts Mills and is now the Lowell National Historical Park’s headquarters.

7.   Chalifoux Building          *New in 2016*                                                                       

24 Merrimack Street

Built originally for a large, downtown department store, this Renaissance Revival style building (1906) contains the largest expanse of glass in any masonry building in historic Lowell. See how the building has recently been converted into apartments.

8.  Trio                                                                                              

30 Market Street

See how the Italianate style former Hamilton Mills dye house (1883) has been redeveloped for residential use and visit one of the unit’s roof decks.

Saturday, May 14                             

10 am – 1 pm


9.   Immaculate Conception Church                      *New in 2016*                                               

144 East Merrimack Street

This impressive Gothic Revival church (1871-77) was designed by renowned church architect Patrick Keely. Discover more about the church’s history and its recently competed extensive restoration project.

10.  First United Baptist Church                                                    

99 Church Street

View the Greek Revival style First United Baptist Church (1826) that was the second church to be founded in Lowell.

11.  St. Peter’s Rectory                                                                    

327 Gorham Street

Located adjacent to the site of St. Peter’s Church, the former St. Peter’s Rectory (1891) exhibits an eclectic blend of stylistic elements.  Get a rare glimpse of this former residence that is now in office use.

12.  UTEC                                                                                         

34 Hurd Street

Now home of the United Teen Equality Center, the Greek Revival style former St. Paul’s Church (1839) is the oldest LEED Platinum certified green building in the world.

13.   Appleton Block                                                                         

166 Central Street

Visit this High Victorian Gothic building (1879) that has recently been rehabilitated for Element Care, an elder services company.  Doors Open XTRA

14.  Counting House Lofts                                                               

109 Jackson Street

See how the former Countinghouse (ca. 1870) and Storehouse (ca. 1865) in the Hamilton millyard has been converted into residential use by the Winn Companies.

15.  Lowell Community Health Center                                          

161 Jackson Street

Discover the Italianate style Hamilton Mill No. 6 (1881) that has been rehabilitated for the Lowell Community Health Center and learn more about their ArtUp program.

16.  Appleton Mills                                                                           

219 Jackson Street

See how Appleton Mills No. 1, 1A, and 4 (1902-1914) have been rehabilitated as artist live-work residences including a soaring interior atrium.

17.   St. Patrick Church                                                                   

282 Suffolk Street

Visit this Gothic Revival church (1853-1874) and learn more about their recent interior restoration project and how the church continues to serve Lowell’s immigrant populations today.

18.  Pollard Memorial Library                                            

401 Merrimack Street

See the restored Richardsonian Romanesque Pollard Memorial Library (1893) and discover how the building continues to serve as Lowell’s library today.  Doors Open XTRA

Saturday, May 14                             

11 am – 3 pm


19.  Merrimack Repertory Theatre                                               

50 East Merrimack Street

Visit the MRT and take part in backstage tours, learn about their 2016-17 season, check out set designs, raffles, and more.


Saturday, May 14                             

Noon  - 8 pm


20.   Mill No. 5                                                                                   

250 Jackson Street

Appleton Mill No. 5 (1873) has been redeveloped into a blend of artists, independent retail, and performance/theater space with an interior composed of salvaged historic buildings from throughout New England.


Saturday, May 14

1 – 4 pm


21.  Apartments at Boott Mills West                                               

130-141 John Street

The Boott millyard is one of the most historic and architecturally significant millyards in the country, constructed between 1835 and the early 20th century.  Visit mill space that has been transformed for residential and commercial use by the Winn Companies.

22.  Tremont Yard                                                               

1 Tremont Place

Located beneath Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, discover exposed historic subterranean waterpower features that were the site of pioneering turbine experiments undertaken by famed engineer James B. Francis in 1855. Doors Open XTRA

23.   Tremont Gatehouse                   *New in 2016* 

Suffolk Street @ Western Canal

The Italianate style Tremont Gatehouse (1855) is one of the smallest on the Lowell canal system.  Take a peek inside and see how it helped regulate water flow on this portion of the system.

24.   The River Transformed Exhibit                                             

Wannalancit Mill

Find out how engineers harnessed the waterpower of the Merrimack River to drive Lowell’s mills. See a working turbine and 100 year-old power loom.

25.   Lofts at Perkins Park                                                               

39 Perkins Street

See how Mill No. 12 (1907) and Storehouse No. 14 (1876) in the former Lawrence millyard have been rehabilitated for residential use.

26.  Spalding House                                                                                                  

383 Pawtucket Street

The Georgian style Spalding House (1761) is the third oldest surviving house in Lowell.  Learn about its history and the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust’s preservation efforts.

27.  Northern Canal Gatekeeper’s House                                      

23 School Street

This Greek Revival/Italianate house (1847) was built by the Locks and Canals Company for the gatekeeper of the Pawtucket Gatehouse.  Learn about its preservation through the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Historic Curatorship Program.  

28.  Pawtucket Gatehouse                                                               

School Street @ Northern Canal

This gatehouse (1847), the largest on the Lowell canal system, still controls the flow of water into the Northern Canal, and contains much of its original equipment. 

29.  Pawtucket Congregational Church                                         

15 Mammoth Road

Tour the Romanesque Revival style Pawtucket Congregational Church (1898) to learn more about their restoration efforts and 1812 Revere bell.

30.   St. Jeanne D’Arc Church                     *New in 2016*                                                           

125 Mount Hope Street

Visit the former St. Jeanne D’Arc Church (1925-29) and see how it is being reused by Fusion Lowell for religious, community service, and arts and theater use.




*webpage updated 4/29/2016*

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