Every year Doors Open Lowell provides an inside look to nearly 30 buildings over two days. Look for old favorites this year as well as new additions to the roster of buildings.
Buildings will be open on Friday, May 19 from 6 - 9pm and on Saturday, May 20 from 10am - 1pm and from 1pm - 4pm.
Note that all buildings will not be open at all times with different buildings open during each of the Friday and Saturday time periods.
No tickets or pre-registration required. Admission is free. Look for the blue Doors Open Lowell banners identifying participating sites.
The COOL bus will be providing shuttle service between the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center and selected Doors Open Lowell sites on Saturday, May 20 from 10am - 4pm.
The Lowell National Historical Park & Lowell Heritage Partnership's annual historic preservation and cultural heritage awards will take place on Thursday, May 18 from 5:30 - 7:30pm.
The official Doors Open Lowell program guide will appear in the Wednesday, May 17 edition of the Lowell Sun and will also be available at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center on Market Street.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, program is subject to change.
Click HERE to download and print the schedule.
Click HERE for the building map.
Friday, May 19
6 to 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 become 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. Moody Street Feeder Gatehouse
Merrimack Street @ Merrimack Canal
Discover how this 1848 gatehouse regulated the flow of water through the underground Moody Street Feeder that connected the Western Canal to the Merrimack Canal. Doors Open XTRA
6. 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.
7. Chalifoux Building
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 been converted into apartments.
8. Fairburn Building
10 Kearney Square
Visit one of the residential units in the Fairburn Building (ca. 1892) and discover one of the foremost private collections of Lowell patent medicine memorabilia.
Saturday, May 20
10 am – 1 pm
9. Merrimack Repertory Theatre
50 East Merrimack Street
Visit the MRT and take part in backstage tours, learn about their 2017-18 season, and more.
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.
35 Warren Street
Now home to UTEC, a nonprofit agency, the Greek Revival style former St. Paul’s Church (1839) is the oldest LEED Platinum certified green building in the world.
12. Elks Lodge *New in 2017*
15 Warren Street
See how the UTEC has converted the Classical Revival former Elks Lodge (1923) into additional program space including the restored Elks meeting hall.
13. Appleton Block
166 Central Street
Visit this High Victorian Gothic building (1879) that has been rehabilitated for Element Care, an elder services company.
Doors Open XTRA
14. St. John’s Church *New in 2017*
260 Gorham Street
Discover the architecture and history of this Gothic Revival church (1861) which was the second Episcopal church founded in Lowell.
15. Counting House Lofts Phase II *New in 2017*
71 Jackson Street
See how the former Mill No. 4 (1845; 1885) in the Hamilton millyard is being converted into residential use by the Winn Companies in this behind-the-scenes construction viewing.
16. 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.
17. 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.
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 20
Noon- 8 pm
19. 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 20
1 – 4 pm
20. Massachusetts Mills Picker House *New in 2017*
169 Bridge Street
See how this former Picker House (1891-1910) in the Massachusetts millyard has recently been rehabilitated for residential use.
21. Apartments at Boott Mills
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. 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.
24. 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.
25. Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church
25 Fr. John Sarantos Way
Visit this Byzantine-style church (1956-1964) and discover its rich ornamentation including imported ceiling mosaics from Italy, iconography, and stained glass.
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. Doors Open XTRA
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. Allen House
Solomont Way @ Broadway Street (UMass Lowell South Campus)
Discover the Allen House (1854), one of Lowell’s earliest surviving Italianate residential buildings, and see how it has been restored for office and gallery space.