“Ridgefield is growing and so are we”
With a commitment to preserving Ridgefield’s historic community center “for the use and benefit of all”, the board and staff of Lounsbury House are proud to announce initial plans for the redevelopment of its level interior space. lower and rear landscape to better serve, attract and entertain area residents for a wide range of community and private events.
Plans are already underway with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists for outdoor arts events such as Music at the mansion and recreational sculpture garden. A Farmer’s Market featuring CT-grown foods from the region, including The Hickories (birthplace of Phineas Lounsbury) is also planned, as well as entertainment with local emerging artists and other celebratory events. This community garden and patio will be supported by lower-level interior amenities for guest comfort and will help limit excessive foot traffic on the main level of the 126-year-old National Historic Site.
“The past two years have inspired new ways of thinking, collaborating and adapting for many of us, with Lounsbury House working hard alongside dozens of other nonprofits and local organizations as a partner community through it all,” said Suzanne Brennan, Executive Director. “We’ve been resilient – we’ve grown and challenged ourselves while serving this city we love so much – and we look forward to a reimagined 2023 and beyond.”
Lounsbury House, built in 1896 by CT’s 35e Governor Phineas Lounsbury is a 501(c)3 organization with a Board of Directors
and a small staff who take full financial responsibility for its operation and preservation. Membership, annual calls, fundraising events
and home rentals help offset the rising costs of maintaining and restoring this National Historic Site.