Colin Archer (1832-1921) was a boat builder and a boat designer from Larvik. He grew up in Kirkestredet 9, in a house that today is beutifully restored with some wonderful baroque decoration from the 1700s.
Colin Archer had Scottish parents, but was born in Larvik. He grew up in one of the oldest houses in Larvik. His fully restored childhood home in Kirkestredet at Tollerodden was built in 1668. It is one of the oldest houses in town, and it is uniquely situated by the Larvik fiord. Some of the most valuable antiquarian buildings are situated on the property, and in the main building you will find some rare 300-year old baroque decoration.
In summer you can enjoy a cup of tea at the cafe outside the main building, and there are also concerts in the front garden in the summer season.
The 343-year old house earned the Larvik city council preservation prize in 2007.
During the 1850s Colin Archer and his wife built "Lilleodden" at Kirkestredet 11, next door to his childhood home. Here Archer developed his ideas and
designed his boats.
Colin Archer is well known for constructing the vessel "Fram", and for his rescue ships. He was responsible for building 14 rescue ships and, all in all, more than 200 boats.