Rossiter Architecture


Ehrick Rossiter was a famous American architect who designed residential, institutional, and public buildings throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. Rossiter designed 25 estate homes or “summer cottages” as well as several artist studios in Washington, CT. His buildings in the town include his own country home called The Rocks, The Sumacs, Glen Holme, The Gunn Memorial Library, Kirby Corners, Edgewood, and Saint John’s Episcopal Church. The style that he used for these structures was primarily Queen Anne (“shingle style”) and Colonial Revival.


  • Rossiter fell in love with Washington during his time as a student at The Gunnery and eventually retired to the town in 1921.
  • In 1889, Rossiter bought about 100 acres of land in the Shepaug River Valley to save it from logging and then used this land in 1925 to establish the Steep Rock Land Trust.
  • Rossiter also designed The Boulders in New Preston, CT as well as The Norfolk Music Shed in Norfolk, CT.