UMass Lowell

I grew up near Lowell, MA. I love the city’s history, culture, and architecture. One place I have never really visited, aside from a brief visit while attending another college, was The University of Lowell, which is now known as UMass Lowell. It, like the city, is a wonderful mix of old and new. I shot this roll of Ilford FP4 Plus midday with the Nikon FE2, 50mm f/1.4 Ai, and a Hoya yellow filter, semi-stand developed in Rodinal. Here is some of the old-

House

Allen House

The entrance certainly has been remodeled, but the charm has been maintained-

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Entrance

This statue of French composer Claude Debussy stands in front of one of the libraries. What his relation was to the city, or the university, I have not a clue. Mathematical structuring, maybe?

Debussy

Debussy

On to the new-

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The Commonwealth spares little expense when it comes to college and university libraries. O’Leary Library seen here. Debussy stands guard over this one.

Believe it or not, Saturday summer construction was taking place on the other side of campus.

Construction was taking place on this Saturday, just beyond this science courtyard.

Construction was taking place on this Saturday, just beyond this science courtyard.

This abandoned cap was too good to resist photographing. It hangs at the entrance to the above courtyard.

Is this your hat?

Is this your hat?

Maybe not as charming of a classic New England campus as, say, Fitchburg State, UMass Lowell does have some of it’s engineering pedigree still visible. What college engineering student isn’t speeding through on a bicycle?

Parked right next to the tree.

Parked right next to the tree was this vintage Huffy 3-Speed.

A nice campus. But as fun as it was to photograph, not the same as photographing your alma mater. Of course, I am a bit biased here. Colleges and universities have some great visuals, for sure.

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