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STREET TREATS & HIDDEN TREASURES: LOWELL'S RESIDENTIAL FANCY GLASS
 

  
their studios created only the smallest fraction of windows during this period.  Because commercial windows were rarely signed, it is difficult to document the names of the designers of most of the Lowell windows.  Two glass artists with close Lowell connections were Sarah Wyman Whitman and Almy J. Flint.

     In this area is displayed a quilt which was created by Susan Powers of Ridgefield, Connecticut and furnished through the cooperation of The New England Quilt Museum.  It is an example of the Stained Glass Pattern.  Quilts and fancy glass have much in common.  Both begin with large pieces of various colors that are cut apart, juxtaposed, and reassembled to create original works of art.

     A photograph shows early 19th century housing for workers of the Middlesex Village Glassworks.  The glassworks furnished window glass for many homes in the area and represents an important aspect of the Merrimack Valley's early industrial history.  The factory ceased operation before the Civil War.

     The windows on French Street display fancy glass rescued from demolished homes across the country and are on loan from H. Weber Wilson.

     The exhibit includes a list of one hundred homes containing fancy glass which have been located all over Lowell, along with an additional fist of homes featuring "Queen Anne" style windows.  A typical Queen Anne window has a large pane of glass in the middle surrounded by alternating colored pieces, usually primary colors, that are divided by wood mullions instead of lead.  These are all noted on the map of Lowell located in the exhibit.

     The locating and cataloging of Lowell's fancy glass is an ongoing process.  These unique examples of a special art form are for everyone to see and enjoy; windows that make a statement about the builders of this city and the lifestyle of Lowell residents in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.  If you live in a house in the Lowell area or know of other fancy glass examples, please contact Susan Scott at (508) 459-4760, so it can be added to the list of "Street Treats and Hidden Treasures."

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