18. Walnut Street, 1847-48.
The land between Gorham and Chapel Streets,
developed rapidly after the 1845 auction. The
then-fashionable Greek Revival and Italianate
sidehall dwellings proved ideal for narrow city
lots. Each lot was developed individually,
exemplified in the variations in size and detail
of the houses.
19. 139 Chapel St., late 1840s.
This exceptionally ornate Italianate house
employs a wide variety of architectural detail
to create a rich, three-dimensional effect.
Windows and doors framed with rope
molding, brackets, bay windows, molded
window caps and carved double doors are
used extensively. Between 1850 and 1880
more Italianate houses were built in Lowell
than any other style of building.
19. The Italianate style is readily identified
by the use of brackets, most commonly found
at roof eaves, on bay windows and beneath