Last week I had a chance to photograph two gorgeous staircases at the Wannalancit Mill in Lowell, Massachusetts — another mill city on the Merrimack River that shaped America’s Industrial Revolution. Lowell is also the city I was born and raised in, so it holds a special place in my heart.
The Wannalancit Mill was completed in 1831 as a textile mill. At one point it suffered a fire and was rebuilt. Today it houses many businesses as well as classrooms for the University of Lowell. There are sections of the old building that look completely modern. There are others that retain some aspects of their 19th century charm. Then there are the two spiral staircases — one on the south end, one on the north. About 90% of these staircases are maintained in their original form, making them an absolute joy to photograph.
I have several shots to share from this great location and will roll them out over time.
Thanks to my friend Steven Perlmutter for making the connection with Wannalancit property management, who graciously allowed us to shoot the stairs.