The Duck Mill in Lawrence is an amazing mill that’s located between the Merrimack River and the North Canal in Lawrence, MA. It’s about to begin a full renovation over the next year and a half, converting this beautiful old mill to a modern mixed-use facility. Anytime one of these mills is rehabbed, I’m both happy and sad. Happy for the city of Lawrence as these projects create jobs and revenue for the city. Sad, because there’s now one less mill that represents the Lawrence of old – a city once at the heart of the Industrial Revolution.
When I learned that the renovations at this historic property were about to begin, I contacted Bob Lussier, and then the mill owners. They were kind enough to let us back in for a few final shoots before this building no longer has the old abandoned appeal that draws us to them. It had been about 2 years since we were last there, and it was great to get back in with a sense of urgency to capture every last corner of this fantastic property.
I’m looking forward to getting back there one or two more times before construction gets too far along. I’m also looking forward to the future where the Duck Mill will provide a new purpose in serving the city.