Welcome to the Lowell Historic Board!
Central to the LHB's responsibilities is its design review, permitting, and enforcement authority in 11 review districts. Since the creation of the Downtown Lowell Historic District in 1983, nearly 2,400 permits have been issued and investment of nearly $1 billion has occurred in it.
View from City Hall clock tower (ca. 1893)
Bon Marche Building, Downtown Lowell Historic District
UTEC on Hurd Street is the world's oldest LEED Platinum certified building
Guard Locks Complex on the Pawtucket Canal, Downtown Lowell Historic District
Lowell Sun Building (ca. 1913)
124 Mansur Street, Belvidere Hill Historic District
Counting House Lofts in the former Hamilton millyard, Downtown Lowell Historic District
"H" Building marker, Downtown Lowell Historic District
Smokestack restoration at Lawrence millyard, Downtown Lowell Historic District
Hildreth Building (1884)
58 Wannalancit Street, Wannalancit Street Historic District
Sirk Building storefront reconstruction, Downtown Lowell Historic District
New construction at Tremont Yard, Downtown Lowell Historic District
In addition to its design review, permitting, and enforcement responsibilities, the LHB also:
- Maintains a comprehensive architectural and historic resource survey of Lowell which contains information on over 2,500 resources including inventory forms and National Register of Historic Places registrations.
- Provides citywide technical assistance to property owners, agencies, and the general public relevant to historic preservation, design, history, signage, building materials, and other related topics and issues.
- Works with property owners, agencies, and the general public citywide to incorporate preservation into everyday planning and community development efforts.
- Serves as the local entity representing the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, assisting in reviewing federal and state assisted City projects for their impacts on historic resources.
- Runs an active education and outreach program including:
- Electronic, quarterly newsletter "Presence From the Past"
- Social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Sign grant program for small businesses in the Downtown Lowell Historic District
- Downtown Lowell Historic District building markers
- Neighborhood historic district house markers
- The annual Doors Open Lowell event which was the first such event in the United States when it debuted in 2002