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LOWELL THEN AND NOW
 
     By the 1920s, four of the five surviving boardinghouse rows were still being operated as private lodging houses.  The fifth building, which can be seen in the distance in the early photograph, had been severely altered and converted to industrial use.

     Around 1950, the four relatively intact boardinghouse blocks were demolished and paved over for parking.  Only the forlorn remnant of the original boardinghouse block No. 7 remained.  With its gable roof and chimneys gone and windows blocked up, it was virtually unrecognizable.

     During the 1980s, the exterior of the sole surviving Boott Mills boardinghouse was reconstructed in order to exhibit the appearance of this important class of historic buildings of which few survive.  On the interior and in an addition behind it, a completely new facility, the Mogan Cultural Center, houses a historical library, an immigrant and mill girl exhibit, and a continuing education facility.  Immediately in front of the Cultural Center, on a former parking lot, Boarding House Park has been developed.  The park contains an outdoor amphitheater and pavilion for the performance of musical and stage events.

FRAME 9, 
Photographs A & B 
ALBION BLOCK 170 - 184 Merrimack Street Today's Albion Block consists of two distinct sections.  The portion to the right was the original Albion Building, constructed in 1879 by an unknown builder.  In 1893, the building was acquired by a dry goods company which expanded it to the corner on the narrow lot created when Palmer Street was constructed in 1892.  After a fire in 1904, a new fourth floor was added to the original building using the roof line and cornice of the 1893 corner addition and uniting the two portions.

     When the Singer Company moved into the building in 1960, an aluminum and plate glass storefront replaced the earlier wooden framed system and aluminum paneling covered the original cast-iron columns.

     In a 1982 remodeling, all the aluminum coverings were removed, revealing the original cast iron columns, including the prominent circular one at the corner, and a new wooden storefront was installed.

FRAME 9, 
Photographs C & D EXECUTIVE BUILDING 100 Merrimack Street
The Merrimack Street facade of this structure occupies the site of three narrow 19th century buildings.  The right two-thirds evolved into the 1923 Lincoln Building.  The left third was built on what was originally the entrance courtyard of the adjacent First Unitarian Church.  The Lincoln Building was unique in the city, being entirely clad in copper.  The "courtyard" portion was built in the third quarter of the 19th century, probably as an enlargement of the Lincoln Building.  In the 1940s, the Lincoln Stores expanded into the building to the left and a remodeling of the storefront level unified the two structures.

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