Lecture: “Asher Benjamin: A (New) England Journey” By Chip Piatti

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Nichols House Museum Lecture Series to present “Asher Benjamin: A (New) England Journey” by Chip Piatti

Boston, MA.  The Nichols House Museum, located on historic Beacon Hill, is pleased to present a lecture by historian and professor of architecture Chip Piatti. The lecture, “Asher Benjamin: A (New) England Journey,” will take place on Monday, April 13, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at the American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon Street, Boston. Admission is $15 for Nichols House Museum members and $20 for non-members. Advance paid reservations are essential due to limited seating. Please call the Nichols House Museum at 617.227.6993 for further information.

In his presentation, Chip Piatti will describe how Asher Benjamin, from humble beginnings in central Connecticut, later became one of the most influential of America’s early architects and builders. Piatti will use examples from Benjamin’s numerous publications, his mentoring qualities, and his unique vision of building in a new tradition, to describe how this architectural wellspring influenced American building from the eighteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries.

(Francesco) Chip Piatti is professor of history, theory, collage and design studies at the Boston Architectural College. His research interests include liturgical and other religious architecture, history and theory of automotive design and the American roadside, the development and migration of style and the connections between ephemera and history. He travels throughout the country to study and consult with clients and associates on architectural and other design concerns.

The Nichols House is a historic house museum that offers visitors a unique glimpse of late 19th and early 20th century domestic life on Boston’s Beacon Hill. Located at 55 Mount Vernon St., the museum is currently open for tours Thursday through Saturday, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.