Benson to Opine on Ferriss and Lawrie

October 14th, 2016

The Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series presented by the Essex Library Association hosts perennial favorite and architectural bon vivant Dr. Chuck Benson in The Cube at the firm's office in Centerbrook on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Benson will bring alive the vision and architecture of Hugh Ferriss and Lee Lawrie, who together had a profound impact on architectural philosophical thinking in the mid-20th century.

Ferris became famous for his dark, shadow-cast renderings which he drew to demonstrate the architectural consequences of proposed zoning regulations in New York City. During his heyday in the 1920’s, Ferriss’s drawings were featured regularly in many magazines, including Vanity Fair, the Christian Science Monitor, and Harper’s Magazine. Lee Lawrie’s architectural sculpture can be found at Yale University’s Sterling Library, West Point, the Los Angeles Public Library, the National Cathedral, and Nebraska’s State Capitol. His most noted work is the freestanding statue of Atlas at Rockefeller Center.

Dr. Benson has been teaching Art and Architectural History for more than twenty five years at various universities and colleges across the United States, and has led groups to explore and visit a variety of sites in Italy, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Greece, Turkey, and the United States. He studied the history of art and architecture at Yale as an undergraduate, and holds advanced degrees from Columbia University. He also has studied at Cambridge, Oxford, and the University of Goettingen. Essex Library audiences have enjoyed his lectures on Edward Lutyens, Gian Loernzo Bernini, Antonio Gaudi and architecture from living stone.

His talk is free and part of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, which is one of many programs that are offered regularly by the Essex Library. Please call the library at (860) 767-1560 to register.