Second Century Campaign

Save Our Skylights!

The attic of the Lyme Art Association, with skylights above and laylights below.

This year, we proudly celebrate the centennial of the Lyme Art Association’s historic building, a treasure that artists, art lovers, and the community have loved for 100 years! Will you help us prepare the building for its next hundred years? We are starting the next phase of the Second Century Capital Campaign by replacing the skylight system and insulating the attic spaces in order to prevent deterioration from water damage and improve the building’s energy efficiency.

The skylight system is one of the building’s most compelling design features, bathing the gallery spaces in natural light. The existing skylight system, however, offers no insulative value in the winter, and causes significant heat gain in the summer. 

Our goal is to preserve the building’s historic character while making energy-efficient heating and cooling of the building a reality.

It is a testimony to the fine design of Charles Platt and attention to detail of unnamed builders that the sturdy structure of the building has held up so well in its first hundred years. Of course, nothing lasts forever, and the original exterior trim and cedar shingles gave out first. These were replaced in 2018 with help from member and patron contributions as well as grants from the Town of Old Lyme and the State Historic Preservation Office. 

Skylight Plan

We knew that this work was just the first in a series of projects needed to fully prepare the building for the coming century. Point One Architects recently completed a Feasibility Study with funding from the State Historic Preservation Office, evaluating design options for three areas of concern: the roof/skylight/laylight complex, accessibility and other code issues to make us a welcoming space for all, and updating the mechanical systems. The value of the entire scope of work outlined in the Feasibility Study is approximately $1.3 million. Our goal for the current phase of the campaign, the Skylight Project, is $400,000.

Supporting the Project

We are working closely with Connecticut’s State Historic Preservation Office and other granting agencies, but the majority of funding will likely come from our generous members and supporters. 

If you would like to help make the Skylight Project possible, you can make a donation online to pay quickly and easily by credit card. You can also give by mail by downloading and completing this form and sending it to Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

Make a donation or pledge by August 7 and join us at the Centennial Frolic, a celebration of our historic building in the spirit of the founding artists. 

The Lyme Art Association welcomes pledges, gifts of securities, planned gifts, and bequests. Naming opportunities are available for different ranges of gifts. Consider naming a gallery or studio in your honor, in honor or memory of a loved one, or in celebration of a special occasion. Visitors to the Lyme Art Association will recognize your generosity for years to come.

If you would like to discuss any giving opportunities, contact Laurie Pavlos, Executive Director, or Elsbeth Dowd, Development Manager, at 860-434-7802.

Through the CARES Act, donors can receive a one-time opportunity for a charitable tax deduction, even people who don’t itemize their taxes! The deduction is available for both individuals AND corporations who support non-profits, like the Lyme Art Association, in 2021 (extended from 2020). You can learn more about the CARES Act charitable donation deduction here.

The Lyme Art Association is a 501(c)(3) organization, federal tax identification number 06-0932073. Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. 

Project Details

Second Century Capital Campaign Brochure

A fundraising letter from the Lyme Art Association's very first capital campaign.

A fundraising letter from the Lyme Art Association’s very first capital campaign.

© 2015 Lyme Art Association. Design by Lise Gazzillo.