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
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.
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.
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
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
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*