The first was the Appleton Mill renovation. I didn't take any new photos (the work has been progressing, but not in such a way new photos are warranted). They are saying the project should have its first residents in by April 2011. The rooms are supposed to be fairly open floor-planned, and about 1000 sq ft or so it sounds. They will have deck space as well - the development will be targeted at affordable live/work space for artists.
The second was the Tremont Mill / JDCU building. Over the past few years, the burnt remnants of the Tremont Mill power building have been cut down to basement level, and a new office tower has been built in its place.
Photos and more after the jump.
The old building is here.
And the construction and new building is here and here.
I finally got some answers on what happened here: The Tremont Mill, according to the Doors Open website, has in place to the extent that these turbine pits were the sites of some of James B. Francis' hydraulic engineering experiments in 1855. By the 1870s, this building's operations had been merged with those of the Suffolk (Wannalancit) mill next door, and the Ayer brothers owned a controlling interest. The mill having closed around the time of the Depression, the Tremont Mill was demolished, and by the 1940s, this building had been cut down to the single-story structure that was remaining for many years. It was decommissioned as a power plant sometime after 1960, and burnt sometime after that. The dynamos were moved to New Hampshire by the company that operated the Wannalancit Mill in the 1980s.
Thirdly, I went to the Boott Hydro facility. Built in the 1980s, this Italian-owned hydro plant sits on the Northern Canal wall off of Pawtucket St and produces the lion's share of Lowell's hydroelectric power - I believe 24 MW or so.
Fun fact: Enel also operates the Lawrence hydroelectric plant, and picks up Salmon from under the Lawrence dam, and drives them upriver to the Nashua hatchery. Craziness!
Finally, I took a few pictures of the Lofts at Perkins Park on my way back. Nice to see the Hub Hosiery sign is back up:
Full album here:
|Doors Open Lowell 2010|