Griswold, Florence, House and Museum

96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, Connecticut


Florence Griswold House

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 2004



Street View 


From 1900 to 1915, Florence Griswold's house was one of the country's most important art colonies, and served as the center for American Impressionism. Among the many painters who stayed at the Late-Georgian house were Henry Ward Ranger, Louis Paul Dresser, Carleton Wiggins, William Henry Howe, Bruce Crane, Frank Vincent DuMond, Clark Voorhees, Henry Rankin Poore, Allen B. Talcott, Lewis Cohen, and Henry C. White. Miss Griswold, beginning a new life at age 49, provided shelter and a social center for the painters, who enjoyed living at this boardinghouse famous for its good table and its good times. By using the attic, accommodation could be provided for as many as 15 artists at any given time. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 19, 1993

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 19, 1993
Reference number
Architectural style
Areas of significance
Architecture; Art
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1899; 1903; 1914
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 4

Update Log 

  • May 21, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • September 13, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett