In the 1800’s, Lowell’s city hall was housed in a small building. As the city grew, the need for a larger building became clear, and in 1888 a commission was established to handle the construction of a new one. In 1879, the city of Lowell purchased land from the Merrimack Manufacturing Company for a price of $85, 300. The land encompasses part of the Old Fletcher Farm.
In order to find a new firm to assist in building renovation, a design competition was held, with the winning entry being the architectural firm Merrill Cutler. The final cost of building and furnishing totaled $361,000. On July 2, 1890 the cornerstone was laid and building began.
The interior of the Lowell City Hall includes stained glass, cast iron stair railings, foliage decorated capitals, and ornate golden oak woodworking. Due to its impressive construction, it is a well known building in New England and is the centerpiece of the City Hall Historic District.
When it was first built, the building included chambers for school committees, city council, and offices for all department heads, as well as twenty-five fireproof vaults. Similar buildings include the former Lowell Post Office and the Pollard Memorial Library.
Most city departments are housed in the Lowell City Hall building, including the Mayor’s Office, City Manager, Tax Assessor, City Clerk, and Public Works. All departments are open Monday – Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Lowell City Hall is located at 375 Merrimack Street in Lowell.