Historic Buildings and Telescopes


Lowell Observatory has been contributing to science since 1894 when Percival Lowell established his institution in Flagstaff, Arizona. Over the years, Lowell Observatory has evolved and continues to be an upstanding scientific institution. This collection highlights historic buildings and telescopes on the Mars Hill campus.

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View of Clark Telescope from early Flagstaff
The Clark telescope on Mars Hill seen from an early Flagstaff, Arizona. Founded in 1894, Lowell Observatory was built in the small town of Flagstaff after much deliberation. The site was chosen for not only its viewing potential but also proximity to…

View from Percival  Lowell's garden
Percival Lowell's garden with Baronial Mansion and 24- inch Clark Telescope in the background, depicting the early history of Lowell Observatory's campus.

Clark Telescope
A weathered image of the Clark Telescope dome's interior.
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