Built 1990; This small park is at the heart of the Lowell National Historic Park. A sloping lawn terraced with rows of granite steps leads to a pavilion, designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston, which serves as a venue for a summer concert series and the Lowell Folk Festival. Artist, Robert Cummings, produces three artworks for this site. The park is surrounded by the restored Boott Cotton Mills. Boarding House Park and Pavilion was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Design Achievement Award. Over 25,000 people visit this park annually for its summer concert series, Lowell Folk Festival and Lowell National Historical Park events. The park provides seating for 600-800 people. Sculpture One, Sculpture Two and Sculpture Three were created by Robert Cumming. Made of granite, brick and steel they are intended to be objects for seating and climbing, functioning as a kind of furniture as well as visual art. Sculpture One is a six-ton silhouette of Francis Cabot Lowell (1774-1817), the early textile manufacturer for whom the city is named. Sculpture Two is a tipped, mammoth, granite thread spool mounted on a granite base, which can also be seen as a spindle or beehive, symbolizing hard work and industry. Sculpture Three is a saw-toothed horizontal piece that might be the roofline of a boardinghouse or factory, or, perhaps, gears belonging to textile machinery. The ten-foot high spindle or smokestack is located near the entrance the Boott Cotton Mills and emulates its red-brick chimney. Project History: Boarding House Park was funded by the federal government through the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission. The sculptures were funded through the LHPC, the National Endowment for the Arts and Shawmut Arlington Trust Co.