The Washington Square Neighborhood District (WASHND) is a design review district created on July 12, 2005 under procedures established pursuant to the Lowell Historic Board (LHB) state statute (Lowell Historic District Act, Chapter 566, Acts of 1983). It was one of eight neighborhood districts approved by the Lowell City Council that were initiated by citizen petition as provided for by statute and was in response to demolition of historic structures and new construction inconsistent with neighborhood character.
The district follows the boundaries of the previously-existing Washington Square Historic District that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Before Getting Started
Within the WASHND, the proposed demolition, partial demolition (such as removal of architectural details for siding installation and other features such as porches), and new construction requires the review and approval of the LHB before work begins and any other City approvals are issued. Assisting the LHB is a five member neighborhood committee comprised of three LHB members, a district property owner, and a district resident.
John Holt House (late 1850s), 28 Nesmith Street
Prescott Gates House (ca. 1880), 442 East Merrimack Street
New construction, 154 Chestnut Street
The best way to determine if the work you're contemplating in the WASHND requires LHB review is to contact the staff. The LHB and its staff are always available to assist you with any questions regarding design and process in the district.
Click on the links below to find out more about permitting requirements, design standards, approval process, and other information related to the WASHND.