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LOWELL THEN AND NOW
 
     In 1964, the facade underwent a major remodeling.  An aluminum framed grid of pink and white plastic paneling was installed in an attempt to modernize the facade and aluminum framed storefronts were added.

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NESMITH BLOCK 75 - 83 Merrimack Street Around 1835, John Street was constructed to give access to the new Boott Cotton Mills located at its foot.  The Nesmith Block was built on the northeast corner shortly after by John and Thomas Nesmith.  Over the next 75 years, the original building was remodeled several times.  The second- floor windows on Merrimack Street and at the corner were enlarged and a bay window was added on John Street.  The storefronts were successively remodeled and a large, second story signboard was added.  The basic form of the original building, however, remained through these changes.

     The building underwent a major rehabilitation in 1981.  The interior was completely remodeled.  On the exterior, the paint was stripped from the facade and new windows matching the configuration of the earlier remodelings were installed.  New wooden storefronts completed the facelift.

The Marble Bank Block was constructed in 1874 at the western corner of Merrimack and John Streets.

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