Floor by Floor: KEROUAC
As we move forward with construction at Thorndike Exchange, we want to share a design aspect that pays homage to local celebrities while also adding a fun pop culture element to our building.
Each floor in this work, live, play development will be named for a famous person who also called Lowell home. We will be highlighting all of them in a series of blogs and today we are starting with Jack Kerouac.
Lowell High School football super star and quite possibly the biggest celeb from the city, Kerouac graduated from the Downtown Lowell school in 1939 after earning a scholarship to play for Columbia University. He didn’t stay though, an injury sidelined him from the game and he left school for a brief stint in the Merchant Marine and the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Kerouac’s first book,The Town and the City, expressed his struggle to balance the expectations of his family with his unconventional life. But his most famous novel, On the Road was inspired by cross-country road trips he took with Neal Cassady. And as a pioneer of the Beat Generation, he would go on to publish many novels, many of which Lowell was the backdrop, including Doctor Sax, The Subterraneans,The Dharma Bumsand Big Sur.
The famous novelist’s legend lives on far past his death in 1969, at the young age of 47. On the Roadcontinues to be widely read and a film adaptation of the novel premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in recent years. And now we will be dedicating a special reading room in our new development to this Lowell native where residents can relax with their favorite book.