Lecture: The Gothic Wonders of England and America

March 21st, 2014

Architectural Historian Chuck Benson explores the Gothic treasures of Great Britain’s Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and their influence on celebrated American college campuses, on Friday, March 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Essex Library.

Large swaths of the Yale campus in New Haven, for example, are designed in what is called, alternately, Collegiate, Neo or Faux Gothic, a style that was popular well into the 20th Century.

This illustrated presentation is part of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, one of many programs regularly offered by the Essex Library. Please call the library at (860) 767-1560 to register for this free event. Sponsored by Centerbrook Architects, the lecture series is in its sixth season.

Dr. Benson has been teaching Art and Architectural History for more than twenty five years at various universities and has led groups to explore iconic places and buildings in America, Italy, England, France, Germany, Greece, Turkey, and elsewhere.

His lecture credits include MOMA, Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He studied the history of art and architecture at Yale, and holds advanced degrees from Columbia University. He also has studied at Cambridge and Oxford.

Dr. Benson currently serves as the Director of Colorado Operations, and Head of Design for a group that specializes in the architecture and engineering of Satellite Operations Centers and Mission Control Stations. He currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and has taught at the Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Photo by Patrick Franzis