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Lyme Art Association launches fundraising campaign for phase two of restoration


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OLD LYME – The Lyme Art Association is launching the second phase of a fundraising campaign to finance the restoration work on its Lyme Street gallery. The original structure, designed by renowned architect Charles A. Platt, was completed 100 years ago, the same year as Platt’s commission for the Freer Gallery of Art on The Mall in Washington, DC

Each year, the association hosts seven annual exhibitions of works by artists representative of the region, and is free and open to the public.

“We call this our ‘second century capital program’ to carry Lyme art into its second century,” said Laurie Pavlos, Executive Director of the Association.

A vintage view of the original structure (Courtesy of the Lyme Art Association)

The second phase involves the replacement of the building’s original skylights, as well as the laylights – translucent panels framed in the gallery ceiling. Adding insulation for the roof and attic will also help reduce heat and cooling loss.

“This phase will include the replacement of our dilapidated single-pane skylight system, which, although repeatedly repaired, is leaking,” Pavlos said. “The new lights will be double-walled insulating translucent panels, which will prevent us from having as much solar gain in summer and heat loss in winter. ”

The estimated cost of the phase two restoration work is $ 390,000, which Pavlos says needs to be increased before work can begin.

The restoration is the second of four phases totaling $ 1.3 million. The first phase, completed in 2018, included the replacement of shingles and the replacement of moldings and rotten windows, at a cost of $ 390,000.

Phase three will bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and phase four will upgrade the mechanical systems.

Pavlos said the association received a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office for the planning of the project. She said Lyme Art will apply for another grant from the SHPO to complete the plans needed to bid on the project, as well as an additional grant for construction funding.

“We are making a conscious effort to make sure this magnificent building exists for the next 100 years. “

To donate to Phase Two of the Second Century Capital Program, click here.


Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme, Connecticut. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry.

“Ship to Shore: A Marine Show”, the 88th annual national exhibition of the Hudson Valley Art Association and a solo exhibition by Zufar Bikbov are on view until July 22.

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