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Rossiter: Country Houses of Washington, Connecticut

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.

Written by Stephen J. Ketterer
Photos by Miki Duisterhof
Design by Wendell Minor
2007 Connecticut Book Award Winner
Published by Gunn Memorial Library, Inc. 2006
First Edition, First Printing
Edition: Hardcover with dust jacket. 10.25 x 10.25 inches; 156 pages; 116 Full-color images. $75. All proceeds benefit Gunn Memorial Library, Inc.

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

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.

Written by Alison Gilchrist
Published by Gunn Memorial Library, Inc. 2006
Second Edition. Soft cover, 6 x 9 inches;
40 pages; 28 black & white images
$15. All proceeds benefit Gunn Memorial Library, Inc.