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ONE MAN'S LEGACY
 
provide Lowell General Hospital with an enormous legacy to provide a building expressly for the treatment of "individuals suffering from incurable disease." After Hoyt's death, Freeman Shedd was  left sole proprietor of a burgeoning enterprise which included the Shedd Block on the corner of Central and Appleton Streets.

A Gift To The City

     In 1909 Freeman Shedd presented the city library with a huge Japanese Imari vase over five feet tall.  Today this fine porcelain jar is located on the landing going up to the second floor's Memorial Hall. This unusual art treasure is a fine example of 19th century export ware and was made in Arita, Japan by Kanzo (the finest artisan of his time).  It was the largest porcelain specimen produced in Japan.  The vase was exhibited in the Columbian Exposition in 1893, the Pan American Exposition in 1901, and later at the Paris Exposition.  The twenty-five figures in the decoration depict Genroku Hanami Odori dancers performing the Flower Festival Dance, and accurately illustrate the different costumes of the Genroku Period (1688-1703).

The Legacy

     In July of 1910, Freeman Shedd presented to the City of Lowell a 50 - acre tract of land adjacent to Knapp Avenue in the Belvidere section of the city.

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