Lowell Cemetery

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Lowell Cemetery
Gate, Lawrence Street
Lowell Cemetery is located in Massachusetts
Lowell Cemetery
Location 77 Knapp Ave.
Lowell, Massachusetts
Nearest city Lowell, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°37′43″N 71°17′34″W / 42.62861°N 71.29278°W / 42.62861; -71.29278Coordinates: 42°37′43″N 71°17′34″W / 42.62861°N 71.29278°W / 42.62861; -71.29278
Area 73 acres (30 ha)
Built 1841
NRHP Reference # 98000543[1]
Added to NRHP May 20, 1998

Lowell Cemetery is a cemetery located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Founded in 1841 and located on the banks of the Concord River, the cemetery is one of the oldest garden cemeteries in the nation, inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Many of Lowell's wealthy industrialists are buried here, under ornate Victorian tombstones. A 73-acre (30 ha) portion of the 84 acres (34 ha) cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The cemetery is located in the central eastern part of the city, roughly bounded on the north by Fort Hill Park, on the east by Shedd Park, on the south by railroad tracks, and on the west by the Concord River, from which it is separated by Lawrence Street, where its historic main gate is located. It occupies 84 acres of rolling terrain, much of which has been developed. The main gate is a moumental granite structure designed by C. W. Painter and built in 1862. There is a secondary gate on Knapp Avenue at the cemetery's northeast corner, which was added in 1905. There are two buildings in the cemetery: the Talbot Memorial Chapel (1885) and the Superintendent's Office (1887), both Gothic Revival structures designed by Boston architect Frederick Stickney.[2]

Roadways in the cemetery were laid out to take advantage of the natural terrain, occasionally providing vistas. The main circulation route, Washington Avenue, roughly encircles the property, with several roads providing access across the central areas. The cemetery was laid out in 1841 to a design by George P. Worcester, a civil engineer, applying principles of the rural cemetery movement that was then just coming into vogue. The cemetery has a wide variety of funerary art in diverse styles, from typical Victorian forms to the Egyptian Revival and Art Deco. Many prominent Lowell residents of the 19th and 20th centuries are interred here.[2]

Ayer Lion, resting place of Dr. James Cook Ayer, patent medicine tycoon.

Notable burials[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Lowell Cemetery". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 

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