Each shop and space on the fourth and fifth floors were created separately but were designed to work cohesively together as one overall space. The Mill reflects a certain time period from Lowell’s past and there are hundreds of salvaged parts and pieces throughout.
You may notice on your left after immediately entering the fourth floor from the main elevator, an antique poster board holding at times posters and announcements of great things to come to Mill No. 5. This was a piece salvaged from the Royal Theater which was part of the Husson Building at 484 Merrimack Street. The Royal was open from 1914-1964.
You may recall from previous newsletters that the milk glass lights that hang above the counter in Dows Soda Fountain were also salvaged from the Royal Theater in May 2014 before the remainder of the building was demolished. Charles Harpoot also owned The Jewel Theater also on Merrimack Street. The Jewel did so well that in 1915, he built The Royal Theater directly across the street. It was a 1200 seat theater and was known as “The New Jewel.”
That article along with other archived stories can be found on the Mill No. 5 website.