This Art Moderne house, completed in 1939 for Joseph Maner Lawton, has housed the Florence Museum since 1953. It was designed by Sanborn Chase, then an engineering student influence by Moderne Architecture in France and later a prominent local businessman. The house features curved streamlined forms, a semicircular glass block entrance bay, and black glass band just below the roofline. When completed it was described as “the talk of Florence”. The Florence Museum charted in 1936, was founded by the Florence Museum Committee, a group of civic-minded women who had organized as the Blue Bird Tea Room Committee during World War I. It was house in the basement of Florence Public Library from 1939 to 1952, when the museum board acquired this house. Its collection of fine art, archaeological and historical artifacts, and natural science exhibits was opened to the public here in 1953.