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KEENE - Bill Ranauro presents "Asher Benjamin: American Architect, Author, Artist"

Bill Ranauro

Presents his newest book IN-PERSON,

Asher Benjamin:

American Architect, Author, Artist

Saturday, December 4th at 4 pm

For Bill Ranauro’s latest work we travel to the rural backwater of Hartland, Connecticut. Asher Benjamin would rise to become one of the most important yet overlooked figures of American architecture in the first half of the nineteenth century. Taking inspiration from the neoclassical designs of the Boston architect Charles Bulfinch, Benjamin would be the driving force behind the transformation of the Connecticut Valley from an isolated provincial outpost to a sophisticated urban frontier. His later Boston designs, many of which survive, evinced a maturity and elegance which made the city a model of Federal design for the young nation. In addition to his building designs, in 1797 Asher Benjamin would write and publish The Country Builder’s Assistant, the first architectural guidebook by a native- born American. Never losing sight of his roots as a rural carpenter and housewright, Benjamin spent his entire career supporting country builders and the establishment of a uniquely American architecture.

 

Bill Ranauro worked as a high school history teacher and coach for thirty-seven years in New Hampshire. He has published three previous books, including Frontier Elegance: The Early Architecture of Walpole, New Hampshire 1750-1850. When he isn’t writing Bill enjoys following the Boston Red Sox, traveling with his wife Lisa, and spending time with family and friends. Bill and Lisa live in Walpole, New Hampshire and have two grown children, Daniel and Emily. You can find Bill at www.BillRanauro.com.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
12 Emerald Street
Keene, NH 03431
Asher Benjamin: American Architect, Author, Artist Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781977242846
Availability: In Stock, Click Title for Location
This book is not returnable
Published: Outskirts Press - July 28th, 2021

Frontier Elegance: The Early Architecture of Walpole, New Hampshire 1750-1850 Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781790702329
Availability: In Stock, Click Title for Location
This book is not returnable
Published: Independently Published - December 24th, 2018

West of Boston: Growing Up Red Sox in a Yankee Household Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781640032941
Availability: In Stock, Click Title for Location
Published: Covenant Books - November 19th, 2017

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