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Ehrick Rossiter Books

Our original Rossiter-designed library building, opened in 1908

Gunn Memorial Library and Museum is proud to present
two superb books on Ehrick Rossiter:

Rossiter: Country Houses of Washington, Connecticut
Return to Arcadia: Ehrick Rossiter's Washington:
The Architect, His Clients and Their Houses

Ehrick Kensett Rossiter was born September 14, 1854 in Paris, France to American parents. After the family returned to the United States, Ehrick attended Frederick Gunn's school in Washington, Connecticut. In 1875 he received his degree in architecture from Cornell University.

He practiced architecture in New York City with two different partners: Frank A. Wright and later John Muller. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Architectural League of New York. His firm designed residential, institutional and public buildings throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Many of these structures have been designated as historic properties.

Mr. Rossiter retired to Washington, Connecticut in 1921 and was active in the community, even deeding 186 acres of land to create the Steep Rock Land Trust in 1925 for residents to enjoy.

Rossiter: Country Houses of Washington, Connecticut

    by Stephen J. Ketterer
Photos by Miki Duisterhof
Design by Wendell Minor
2007 Connecticut Book Award Winner
Published by Gunn Memorial Library, Inc. 2006
ISBN-10: 0-9772586-0-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-9772586-0-4
First Edition, First Printing
Edition: Hardcover with dust jacket. 10.25 x 10.25 inches; 156 pages; 116 Full-color images

Cost: $75.00   S&H: $8.00
All proceeds benefit Gunn Memorial Library, Inc.

Ehrick K. Rossiter, an exceptional local architect with international recognition, remains a figure of interest to many. Born in 1854, he was strongly influenced by both English architectural forms and early New England aesthetics. Washington boasts an outstanding array of Rossiter buildings, Gunn Memorial Library among them.

Each home has its own charm, which only a century of use by different owners can bestow. The houses were originally built as summer cottages for wealthy New Yorkers, many of whom were artists; most are now occupied year-round.

This limited edition documents many of Mr. Rossiter's houses in Washington, Connecticut with 116 color photographs by Miki Duisterhof and book design by Wendell Minor, showcasing the homes as they exist in the twenty-first century. The book recently won the book design category of the 2007 Connecticut Book Award. Production of the book was underwritten by Ericson Insurance Services and the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Return to Arcadia: Ehrick Rossiter's Washington: The Architect, His Clients and Their Houses

    by Alison Gilchrist
Published by Gunn Memorial Library, Inc. 2006
ISBN-10: 09772586-1-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-9772586-1-1
Second Edition
Edition: Soft cover, 6 x 9 inches;
40 pages; 28 black & white images

Cost: $15.00   S&H: $3.00
All proceeds benefit Gunn Memorial Library, Inc.

This scholarly volume documents the work of architect Ehrick Kensett Rossiter. Among his designs are more than two dozen Shingle Style and Colonial Revival cottages within a one-mile radius of the Washington, Connecticut Green.

"The Rocks," "The Knoll," "The Sumacs" -- these were among the large, rustically stylish country homes called cottages - a deliberate understatement by their owners to set themselves apart from the pretension and tastelessness of the nouveaux riches who were establishing palatial seaside estates in Newport and Greenwich. The perception of Washington's Green as a "fairyland" and an arcadia apparently extended to its social complexion as well as to its physical appearance, as its residents sought a more pastoral lifestyle.

To Purchase These Books

The books are available for sale at the library and museum. To order these books by mail, please send us your name, mailing address and a check, payable to Gunn Memorial Library, Inc., in the amount of $83.00 for each copy of Rossiter: Country Houses and $18.00 for each copy of Return to Arcadia. For more information, please email us or call the library at 860-868-7586.

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