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Historic Places and Architecture
Historic Places and Architecture
Historic places can be found throughout Lowell.  From the city’s many neighborhoods to downtown, architecture and history are defining elements of Lowell’s character and identity.  Many sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the Nation’s resources worthy of preservation for their historic, architectural, or cultural value.

National Register listings in Lowell include mills, canals, churches, commercial buildings, houses, civic buildings, and parks.  Many can be found in districts while others are listed individually.

National Register designation by itself does not place limitations on the use, alteration, or disposition of private property.  However, some National Register historic properties and areas in Lowell also overlap with local review and approval processes found in the 11 review districts under the jurisdiction of the Lowell Historic Board.
National Register listing by itself is primarily honorary, symbolic, and is for identification purposes, not protective purposes; however, it does provide some protection from adverse action due to federal or state funding, permitting, or licensing.  Additionally, certain properties may be eligible for various incentives including tax credits and easements to assist in their preservation.

The Lowell Historic Board 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.  Much of the materials are online and can be searched and viewed via UMass Lowell's Digital Scholarship site or through the Massachusetts Historical Commission's MACRIS system.

​National Register Historic Districts Architectural Style Guide​
National Register Individually Listed Properties​ Architects of Note​
UMass Lowell Digital Scholarship​ Massachusetts Historical Commission MACRIS​