One of America's foremost architects, Ehrick K. Rossiter, is the subject of a new book by noted American architecture historian Ann Y. Smith.

"Ehrick K. Rossitter -- Designs for Modern Living," which features nearly 200 illustrations, 50 of them in color, includes glass plate images of the buildings when they were new, floor plans and gardens,

and images from an

original copy of Rossiter's rare 1883 book.

Rossiter worked primarily in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, designing everything from low-cost housing to country estates, exclusive hotels and apartment buildings in New York City, along with libraries, town halls, clubs, resorts and churches.

In Connecticut, Rossiter's famous buildings include the Music Shed in Norfolk and churches in Washington, Litchfield and New Milford.

Smith, a well-known historian who was a museum curator for 30 years, and an adjunct lecturer on American architectural history, has written extensively about New England, and Connecticut in particular.

The book is available for purchase at Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Road. Smith will visit the store for a book signing May 4 at 2 p.m. and present a lecture May 11 at 11 a.m. at the Gunn Memorial Museum on Wykeham Road.