Architectural Feature: Ehrick Rossiter


New England is the home for all things design. Not only are the world’s best designers based right here in Connecticut and the greater New York City area, as is S.B. Long Interiors Inc., but we’re also home to one of the world’s greatest architectural minds: Washington, Connecticut native, Ehrick Rossiter.

Rossiter's Valliant House

Rossiter is more than a local area hero to New England natives, designers, architects, and fans of beauty all over the world. He’s known for his country style designs, commonly known as “summer cottages,” built in the Queen Anne (or “shingle style”) and colonial revival styles.

Rossiter's Vaillant

Throughout his career, Rossiter designed several residential, institutional and public buildings throughout the New England area and surrounding states, many of which are currently historic properties, including: his own home; The Rocks (1882), The Gunn Memorial Library & Museum (1908), Saint John’s Episcopal Church (1918), among many others in Washington, Connecticut.


Each of Rossiter’s designs possesses a tangible feel of country living, character and charm, indicative of his New England roots. Rossiter’s work remains poignant, with a palpable impact on the design industry today, just as it did during his life. If you ever have a chance to go on Rossiter house tour, I’m sure you’d feel the same about his architectural prowess!

Photo credits: 1 & 4 by S.B. Long Interiors; 2 & 4 Erick Rossiter archive, various sources.


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