There were quite a few new buildings this year, and a few that were not new that I haven't seen the inside of before. I didn't get to all the buildings I would've liked to have seen, nor did I ask all the questions I would've liked to were this a longer event, but I did pick up some interesting stories. Sometimes, you need to put down the camera, take out a notepad, and talk to people. I hope to do a better job next year...
Photos after the jump
Please note that these links seem to work in Internet Explorer, but not Chrome. The links in the photo captions are typically to the Doors Open Lowell website for that building.
|View of Market Street from the Old Lowell National Bank, ca 1920.|
|A new sculpture outside Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, built 1906.|
|Window inside Holy Trinity.|
|From the choir loft. The sanctuary and altar are behind the Iconostasis.|
|Interior of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church. The original church on this site dated to 1831, with this one built just a few decades later in 1854 (it's a Patrick Keely church). A large fire in 1904 lead to a re-construction of much of the church, completed in 1906.|
|The murals date from the 1900s re-building|
|A mural over the transept.|
|A window from the 1900s re-building.|
|The entrance to the newly-renovated Appleton Mills. These buildings all date from the first decades after 1900.|
|A view from the restored footbridge at the Appleton Mills to the Hamilton Mills. Hamilton Canal underneath us.|
|Atrium inside the re-built Appleton Mills.|
|The wooden beams are from North Carolina. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they are pressed-together planks, and not monolithic. The posts are original - they were removed one by one, cleaned, painted, and re-installed.|
|Wicket gates at Lower Locks. They drain the water from a higher chamber to a lower one, then, the main gates that they seat inside are opened. These gates are still manually controlled.|
|Inside the Lower Locks gatehouse.|
|Restored lobby in the Window in the Federal Building, now part of Middlesex Community College. Originally built as a post office in the WPA days, this building served many purposes. Our tour guide told us this lobby looks like a smaller copy of a famous one in New York City. Today this building is named for F. Bradford Morse, a former congressman from Lowell.|
|Restored bronze entryway for the Federal Building.|
|Doors Open Lowell 2011|
If you have any photos from the event you'd like to share, please do so in the comments! Like I said, I missed so much of the event...