July 2, 2022

Centerbrook Architects Lecture Features Hugh Ferriss and Lee Lawrie

Hugh Ferriss's rendering of an imaginary city

Hugh Ferriss’s rendering of an imaginary city

ESSEX – Both Hugh Ferriss and Lee Lawrie had an enormous effect upon architectural philosophical thinking and ultimate execution in the early part of the 20th century in America.

Hugh Ferriss became famous for his dark, brooding charcoal renderings of zoning studies for skyscrapers in New York. Lee Lawrie distinguished himself as being the lead designer and lead sculptor for most of the architectural sculptures at Rockefeller Center, as well as work at Yale University on the Sterling Library, the State Capitol of Nebraska, the City & County of Los Angeles Library, and more. He was perhaps most known for his collaboration with the architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue on many of his firms’ projects.

Learn more about these two influential designers in an illustrated talk by architectural historian Dr. Chuck Benson on Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall.

Dr. Benson has been teaching Art and Architectural History for more than 25 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.

This Essex Library program is free and open to the public. The Essex Town Hall is located at 29 West Avenue in Essex. Please call the Essex Library at (860) 767-1560 for more information or to register.