How it ended

Robert Mill photo of fire

CHELMSFORD — A massive fire broke out in a vacant building off Princeton Street in North Chelmsford near the Lowell line Wednesday night about 10:30, sending flames shooting into the night sky that were visible from as far away as Lowell’s Upper Highlands.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and the cause was not known early Thursday, but the state Fire Marshal’s Office was called to help Chelmsford firefighters with their investigation.

The building at 1100 Princeton St., which can’t be seen from the main road due to a wooded area between it and the road, is owned by UMass Lowell as part of its former West Campus. UML police responded to the scene Wednesday night. (Photo and story by Robert Mills )
Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_23971673/update-blaze-rips-through-vacant-n-chelmsford-building#ixzz2dOBD48cS

How it was just last year:

Read Hall 1 Read Hall 2 Read Hall 3 once grand

 

 

Feeling right at home

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In my rambles around the internet and in magazines I came across bluhomes.com. It is an amazing site for anyone interested in current architecture trends and simple, elegant living. This image (from their site) shown above is just one of many interior and exterior shots they show of the 8 home styles they offer. With each one having a range of sizes it makes for a variety that offers something for everyone. Plus, they have a function where you can configure your own to really make fit.  Now, even if I lived in the above house there would be books, mismatched items and a lived in feel, but how soothing is this image to look at!? With the trend for most of us to build less energy hungry houses that don’t feel cramped, I think Blu is onto something.  Who doesn’t want smaller energy bills, less to maintain, great light and a spacious feel to their home? And even if you don’t want to build new, the ideas you can get for renovating wisely are numerous. Not looking to move, love where you are? You can still enjoy a stroll through the Bluhomes site just to see what new ideas are out there.

Tiny Things

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Tiny things

 

………………………………….The flow of passing summer

………………………………….is marked by tiny things;

………………………………….changing blooms,

………………………………….browning grass,

……………………………… …the smell of fresh-cut hay

………… …………. ………. ..  leading to

…….. ….. ……………….. ……the first leaves

……….. …… ………………….to wear their

….. …. . …… ………… ……  ..autumn coats.

  ……………………                           R.K.Brown

……………………………..  .

Green explosion

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All that remained of this outbuilding was the one wall. It bowed in and out along its’ length, defying the elements a day at a time. When I saw it I was struck by the lush profusion of leaves that surrounded the old wood. It seemed a perfect contrast to the vigor of life and passage of time wearing down all things. All the structures on this piece of land are gone now, after sitting unused for years. The house I wrote about some time ago (Goodspeed) commenting on the condition and ruminating on the history. Houses and outbuildings fascinate me, and not just the rundown ones, though not the cookie cutter ones. I like the lines, design, siting and feeling a house gives off. I like the softened edges of an old house that has seen years of family use, yet is still standing tall. I like the crispness of a new house, its’ history wanting to start, all fresh-faced like a child at the bus stop for the first day of school. Even as a child I loved to look at houses and envision the interior layout and how it was lived in. Maybe I have a strong “shelter gene” that draws me to places of shelter, though some I have seen have given off a strong vibe that belies that concept. Who knows, I just know I find most buildings fascinating, and for me that is enough.