Lowell Observatory

1 mi. W of Flagstaff on Mars Hill, Flagstaff, Arizona

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Lowell Observatory

1. SATURN GATES ADJACENT TO VISITOR CENTER, LOOKING NORTH

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

Founded in 1894, by Bostonian Percival Lowell in Flagstaff, it is an important landmark in the history of astronomy. The observatory's unique historic structures stand as examples of changing technology in the field of astronomy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and its mountain location and placement of instruments in separate structures were forerunners of modern observatory arrangement... -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS AZ-206)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000172
Area of significance
Science
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Research facility
Current function
Research facility
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1894; 1916
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 5
Contributing structures: 2

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