Lowell Railroad Station


Lowell, Mass.

Year Built: 1870

Charles Brigham began initial sketches for a railroad station at Lowell, Mass. in 1870, but it is likely that the design was never accepted. It is also unclear where in Lowell this station was planned.

Brigham wrote to Sturgis,

“There is another important matter which at present our office are keeping secret. I have a chance and a very good one for submitting designs for the proposed Lowell Railroad Station and am to commence the sketches tomorrow. It is not a general competition and the idea is that if I make a favorable impression, there may not be. Can you not send me photographs or sketches of some of the new large English stations? Dimensions or particular features?”

And several weeks later,

“Nothing has occurred to give me either hopes or fears regarding the Lowell Railroad Station.”

No other references to the Lowell Station was present in the correspondence between Brigham and Sturgis that stretched into September, 1870.

No pictures or copies of the sketches are known to exist.


References

• Letters from Charles Brigham to John Hubbard Sturgis, March 8, 1870, April 18, 1870, Sturgis Papers, Boston Athenaeum Library.

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