This past weekend was Doors Open Lowell and my whole weekend got changed in an instant when I realized this. I remember reading about it last year and it was something that I looked forward to this year. Thank goodness I saw the sign on a door at Kearney Square advertising the event while walking home from work Friday night.
I met some wonderful people and had long interesting chats regarding the history of Lowell and how important it is to preserve that history. I also had the opportunity to see some lofts that are for sale and some apartments that will be available to rent in the near future. Lots of neat opportunities I think will be coming my way!
As my friends, family and readers know, I am totally intrigued with Lowell's history and I especially love capturing the history in photos. And between Friday and Saturday, I felt I hit the jackpot, both in absorbing the stories of the history and visually imagining what Lowell was like back in the day. Here are some of the images I captured.
This is a fun photo. It is actually catching the reflection of Massmills that was on a glass case that housed all the Ayer's medicine bottles in Linda and Cliff's beautiful loft in the Fairburn Building (ca. 1892). I stopped counting how many of layers of different reflections there are!
Along with the incredible bottle collection, their loft walls are covered with antique Ayer posters and wall hangings. Looking close at this photo, you can see some of the hangings.
An old light fixture in the stairwell
of St. Jean Baptiste Church (built in 1896)
The gatehouse outside Appleton Mills. I love this shot and the light was perfect to get the colors so rich.
The remains of the turbines under the Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union at 1 Tremont Place
Looking out the beautiful arched window of the 3rd floor of the Old City Hall building (ca. 1829) on Merrimack Street. It now houses the recently renovated offices of Enterprise Bank. The third floor are office spaces to die for!
The organ pipes in the gutted St. Jean Baptiste Church. The altar, statues and pews on the first floor were completely removed, but the pews and the organ were preserved on the second and third floors of this incredibly large church.
The incredible Ayer's medicine bottle collection in Linda and Cliff's home in the Fairburn Building. I could have spent all evening looking at all of the bottles!
Wrought iron ornament at the entrance of the renovated Appleton Mills. Yeah, the "J" caught my eye!