The city of Lowell's Little Canada was home to the descendants of French Canadian mill workers who had settled in Lowell at the turn of the century, and its 325 buildings were populated by over 2500 French Canadians who owned the plurality of the 110 apartments, restaurants, and businesses in the area. It was a hub of French Canadian culture in the heart of the city; there were French Canadian bookstores, social clubs, churches, and schools. It had also been home to Lowell’s first post office and city hall, as well as the Lowell Day Nursery, which was one of the oldest child care centers in the United States. For more information, view this Library Guide.
Photograph of the demolition of the house at 117 Pawtucket Street, and the still standing house at 111 Pawtucket Street
Closer view of the demolition of the house at 117 Pawtucket Street
View of demolition aftermath at 121-127 Pawtucket Street from opposite street corner
First photograph of the demolition of the house at 35 Melvin Street
Second photograph of the demolition of the house at 35 Melvin Street
- Little Canada