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Accomplishments

Historic Board Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2014

  • The Board's Administrator, Assistant Administrator, and three Board members attended the Massachusetts Statewide Preservation Conference in Lexington on October 18, 2013 which was the first statewide conference in seven years.  The Administrator was also a presenter for a session on design review and standards.
  • The Board's Assistant Administrator led a tour of the School Street Cemetery (ca. 1810) in the Lower Highlands on October 19, 2013.
  • The Board and the Greater Lowell Genealogy Club held a special event on October 26, 2013 at the Pollard Memorial Library on their joint-effort that resulted in the indexing of over 6,000 individual City records and correspondence created by the City's Office of the Overseers of the Poor between 1887 and 1908. 

Fiscal Year 2013

  • During FY13, 82 Historic Permit applications were made in all districts totaling $3,328,101 in development.  The Downtown Lowell Historic District saw 74 applications totaling $2,462,931 in development while the remaining $865,170 in development was from 8 applications in the neighborhood districts.  These numbers represent all Major and Minor Development including large rehabilitation and new construction projects as well as small scale projects including, but not limited to, signage, paint, roofs, and routine maintenance.

  • The Board's on-line newsletter Presence From the Past was produced and distributed four times during FY13.  A special Doors Open Lowell edition was also produced.

  • The Board's education and outreach efforts were enhanced by the creation of a Facebook page in FY13.

  • The Board, along with its partners including the Lowell Heritage Partnership, presented the 12th annual Doors Open Lowell May 16-18, 2013 as part of National Preservation Month.  Over 25 historic buildings were open for public viewing.

  • The Board coordinated the loan of six mayoral portraits done by Lowell artist Elizabeth Morse Walsh Hunking (1886-1983) to the Whistler House Museum of Art that were shown as part of an exhibition of the artist’s work March 13-April 20, 2013 titled Elizabeth Morse Walsh—In the Boston Tradition.
     
  • With the assistance of volunteers, the Board oversaw the complete indexing 1000+ World War I soldier records from the City Hall attic.

  • As part of a long-term project in partnership with the Greater Lowell Genealogy Club, the Board is creating a digital index for the 6000+ individual records from the Overseers of the Poor located in the City Hall attic.  This collection covers anyone who received aid in Lowell from that department from 1876 until approximately the 1930s.
  • The Board's Administrator attended the National Alliance of Preservation Commission’s (NAPC) biennial conference in Norfolk, VA, July 18-22, 2012 where he assisted in the organization and presentation of several sessions.  The Administrator also rotated off the NAPC Board of Directors, having completed his fourth term.

  • The Board's Assistant Administrator presented a session on using public records to undertake cemetery research at the Association for Gravestone Studies Northeast New England Chapter Conference on November 11, 2012.
  • The Board's Assistant Administrator attended and spoke at the Association for Gravestone Studies on June 18-23, 2013 at Willamette University in Salem, OR.

Fiscal Year 2012

  • During FY12, 101 Historic Permit applications were made in all districts totaling $43,855,736 in development.  The Downtown Lowell Historic District saw 86 applications totaling approximately $43,569,626 in development while the remaining $286,110 in development was from 15 applications in the neighborhood districts.  These numbers represent all Major and Minor Development including large rehabilitation and new construction projects as well as small scale projects including, but not limited to, signage, paint, roofs, and routine maintenance.

  • The Board's on-line newsletter Presence From the Past was produced and distributed four times during FY12.  A special Doors Open Lowell edition was also produced.

  • The Board, along with its partners including the Lowell Heritage Partnership, presented the 11th annual Doors Open Lowell May 17-19, 2012 as part of National Preservation Month.  Nearly 30 historic buildings were open for public viewing.
     
  • The Board's Administrator assisted the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG) and the Town of Billerica in an appeal of a Billerica Historic District Commission decision.  Under the historic district commission state enabling act (Chapter 40C), towns have the option of the appellate route being either the court system or a regional planning agency such as NMCOG.  The Administrator drafted administrative materials that were used by NMCOG in response to two Billerica HDC appeals.
     
  • Survey work has been ongoing in the Livingston-Harvard and Clark Road neighborhood areas as part of potential future district nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.
     
  • The Board co-sponsored a fall clean-up of the Hunt-Clark Cemetery in Belvidere, in conjunction with the Belvidere Neighborhood Group, on April 7, 2012.
     
  • The Board co-sponsored and assisted in planning the Association for Gravestone Studies’ Northeast New England Chapter meeting on November 20, 2011 at Middlesex Community College.  The Board's Assistant Administrator led a tour of the Old English Cemetery on Gorham Street as part of the event.
     
  • The Board co-sponsored and assisted in planning a statewide Department of Conservation and Recreation historic cemetery conference in Lowell on November 18, 2011.
     
  • The Board co-sponsored the School Street Cemetery Restoration Project, in conjunction with the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group, on October 29, 2011.
     
  • The Board's Administrator attended the National Preservation Conference in Buffalo, NY October 19-22, 2011 and was a presenter at two sessions on education/outreach and historic district commission operations.
     
  • The Board co-sponsored a fall clean-up of the Hunt-Clark Cemetery in Belvidere, in conjunction with the Belvidere Neighborhood Group, on October 22, 2011.