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Friday, May 29, 2009

Lowell City Hall

The Lowell, Mass. City Hall shown above is an imposing structure, dedicated in 1893. The City Hall district in Lowell was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and features Greek Revival and Romanesque Revival architecture. Architect and Lowell native Fredrick W. Stickney designed City Hall.

Lowell, a planned manufacturing center, was established in 1826 and became one of the great wonders of the 19th Century for its industry and rapid rise to economic powerhouse. Lowell was used a model for study by industrialists and economists the world over, and became the destination for thousands of immigrants. The City Hall on Merrimack Street was built in Lowell’s heyday, before the 20th century brought new challenges to the industrial giant struggling to keep pace with the new world it had begun.

Still a source of inspiration, here is a website featuring an artist’s view of the Lowell City Hall from a painting by Linda McCluskey. Next year in 2010, Ms. McCluskey will show some 30 paintings at the Whistler House Museum. Artist James MacNeil Whistler (mentioned in this recent post as one of the temporary residents of Bridge Street in Springfield, Mass.) was born in Lowell.


John Hayes said...

Lowell is such an interestign town-- a lot of those big NE manufacturing towns that became depressed in the latter half of the 20th c.

Speaking of "Twentieth Century," Eberle & I are watching that tonight-- I've meant to watch it ever since your excellent review (last year?)

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Hi, John. Lowell has in interesting history, and has undergone quite a revitalization in the past few decades.

I'm glad you and Eberle are getting a chance to see "Twentieth Century." I'd love to hear your opinions. It's a hoot. Any movie that takes place on a train is okay by me.

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