Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 21, 1990):
Established by Simeon Lowell in 1793, this is the oldest continually operating boat shop in the United States. Simeon Lowell is generally credited as the designer and builder of the typical American dory, arguably the most famous American small craft. The dory was the typical American fishing boat for inshore and offshore fisheries throughout the 19th and well into the mid-20th century, and influenced the design of some fishing vessels that were built with greater deck area to accommodate stacks of these boats. The existing buildings were built by Hiram Lowell, Simeon's grandson, in the 1860s on the property purchased by the elder Lowell.