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CHAPEL HILL
 
    Chapel Hill: A Century of Building
  
  9.  Abel Rugg House, 7 Wamesit St., ca. 1822.
Sited on a slight rise of land, 7 Wamesit St. is the 
earliest house on Chapel Hill. Early services of the 
Baptist Church were held there in 1822-24. 19th 
century owners were associated with the paper 
and woolen mills on Lawrence 
Street.
 
 
 
 
 

 10.  Scripture's Bakery, 547 Central St., ca. 1826-31.
Another of the early buildings on Chapel Hill is the 
residence and bakery built by Isaac Scripture. 
Scripture lived on the upper floors, housing his bakery
in the basement.  (A local club has been located here 
since 1933.) Broadgable facades are fairly common 
on Lowell's Greek Revival houses, but few are 
single-family residences.

 
 

 
  11.  Spalding House, 1-3 Centre St., ca. 1837.
Like Scripture's Bakery, the Spaulding House was 
used as both a residence and a shop. The topography 
of the hill encouraged the construction of exposed 
basement shops, with main floors reserved for living 
space. The Greek Revival style entry portico, with 
its carved capitals derived from the Temple of the 
Winds in Athens, is one of the finest in Lowell. For 
much of the 19th century, the house was occupied 
by the Spalding family, who had substantial real 
estate holdings in Lowell. 
 
 
  12.  Central Street.
Among the early residences of Chapel Hill are 
traditionally-styled double houses sheathed in brick, 
clapboards or both materials.  Similar house setbacks, 
siting and architectural scale provide visual continuity 
and elegant entry porticoes carried by fluted columns 
also enhance the street.
 
   

  
 

    
Wamesit Street
  
Scripture's Bakery
  
Spalding House
  
Central Street
    
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