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JAMES ARCHER ABBOTT is curator of The Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore, as well as an independent author in the fields of design and the applied arts. He has previously held the positions of curator of decorative arts for the Baltimore Museum of Art as well as curator for the National Trust's Woodrow Wilson House; Boscobel Restoration, Inc.; and Historic Hudson Valley. Mr. Abbott is the author of Jansen (2006) and Jansen Furniture (2007); and is the co-author, with Elaine Rice, of Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration.


ANDREW ALPERN has been an attorney for 15 years, an architect for 40 years, and an architectural historian for 50 years. He is the author of eight published books, scores of published articles, and a similar number of letters-to-the-editor published in newspapers and magazines. With his book on the work of architects Rosario Candela and James Carpenter being the fourth about apartment houses in New York that he has published, Alpern has earned a justifiable reputation as the expert on the subject, being widely interviewed, quoted, and sought-after for his expert testimony. He holds a degree in architecture from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor degree from Yeshiva University. Following his baccalaureate training and after he had gained broad experience in architecture and commercial space planning, Alpern served for ten years as head of facilities planning and real estate for Coopers & Lybrand (which subsequently became PricewaterhouseCoopers). After a stellar (and accelerated) law-school performance, Alpern joined a major Wall Street law firm where he remained for nine years until becoming in-house counsel to a long-established financial asset management firm. Andrew Alpern has three book projects simmering on his intellectual stove while managing a multi-armed professional life. He is a native Manhattanite who has lived for more than 40 years only a few blocks from the Acanthus offices.

SUSAN BENJAMIN is an architectural historian with a career that spans over 30 years in a broad variety of preservation activities. Ms. Benjamin practices as Benjamin Historic Certifications, LLC, the firm that specializes in preparing landmark nominations and in acquiring tax benefits for homeowners and developers who rehabilitate their landmark properties. Ms. Benjamin frequently gives lectures and tours on Chicago and the North Shore architecture and landscapes, makes television appearances and has written two books and several articles on North Shore Architecture. Susan Benjamin is a co-author, with STUART COHEN, of North Shore Chicago: Houses of the Lakefront Suburbs, 1890-1940 (2004) and Great Houses of Chicago, 1871-1921 (2008). She is a resident of Highland Park, Illinois.

DEBORAH BUCK  is an American artist, author, designer, chef and President of Buck House, a company that encompasses all of her endeavors into the fields of art and design. Buck is widely regarded as a creative tastemaker, using her design acumen to transform homes, galleries and commercial as well as non-profit establishments into thoughtful and sometimes controversial environments. Buck House, an art and antiques gallery on Madison Avenue for eleven years, closed its bricks and mortar doors in 2012 but remains a viable design company on the internet representing Deborah s latest work in design and all of her publishing projects.Deborah is a practicing professional fine artist exhibiting frequently in galleries and museums .Her design work has been featured in numerous shelter publications such as Elle Décor, Architectural Digest and The New York Times.

JAMES BURESH is a gallery director and independent design historian. Originally hailing from Texas, he received his B.A. in art history at Trinity University and later received his M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts, Design and Culture from the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture. Buresh is the author of T. H. Robsjohn- Gibbings. Furniture and Interiors (2013).


STUART COHEN is a practicing architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He is professor of architecture emeritus at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Stuart is the author of three books and numerous articles on architecture. His firm Cohen and Hacker Architects specializes in residential architecture and the restoration and renovation of historic houses The architectural work of his firm is now the subject of a new monograph, Transforming the Traditional. The Work of Cohen & Hacker Architects (Images Publishing, 2009) about which Robert A. M. Stern has written, "These houses are full of memory and invention. It's a pleasure to see such consistent work in pursuit of a profound yet simple idea- that the past is prologue."  In 2010, Cohen was honored by the Society of Architectural Historians  with an award for his contributions to the architectural culture of Chicago.

ULYSSES G. DIETZ, a great-great-grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, has been the curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum snce 1980, and Senior Curator since 2007. He received his BA from Yale in 1977, and his MA in Early American Culture from the University of Delaware's Winterthur Program in 1980. Mr. Dietz restored the centerpiece of the Newark Museum, its 1885 Ballantine House. He has published numerous articles on decorative arts and books on the Museum's Studio Pottery, Art Pottery, and 19th century furniture collections. He is a co-author, with SAM WATTERS, of Dream House: The White House as an American Home (2009).

ERIN FEHER   is an experienced interiors and architecture writer and esteemed member of the design community who straddles the unlikely worlds of architectural history and cutting-edge contemporary design. During the four years that she was deeply engaged in historical research for her book, Great Houses of San Francisco, 1875-1941, she simultaneously working her way up in the magazine world, where she now holds the title of executive editor at California Home+ Design. At the same time, she is committed to celebrating the rich design history of the state. She is often asked to speak on both topics, and has led a number of thought-provoking panels, lively designer interviews and community celebrations. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Erin now lives in San Francisco with her husband and their many bicycles. 

PAMELA WILKINSON FOX is a preservation consultant and author of the award-winning Farm Town to Suburb: The History and Architecture of Weston, Massachusetts, 1830-1980. After majoring in art history at Radcliffe College ( Harvard University), she studied architecture and historic preservation at Boston University, where she received a master's degree in preservation studies. Her career has included work for the Boston Landmarks Commission, Rhode Island Historical Society, and Lower Merion (PA) Township. She lives in Weston (MA), where she is a consultant to the Weston Historical Commission, a member of the Planning Board, Community Preservation Committee, and Weston Land Trust, and the president of the Weston Historical Society. It is her hope that her book, North Shore Boston: Houses of Essex County, 1865-1935 (2005), will encourage preservation of the many handsome country houses that still survive on Boston's North Shore.

SUSAN HUME FRAZER, Ph.D., is an independent scholar, writer and lecturer in American Architecture and the Decorative Arts, and president of Hume-Frazer Associates, LLC, a firm devoted to architectural history research and consultation. The author of The Architecture of William Lawrence Bottomley, she resides with her husband, Jack, and their Westie, Simon, in the Fan District of Richmond, Virginia, surrounded by buildings designed by the great architect.

JAMES GARRISON is a practicing architect at Frens and Frens, with over 20 years of experience in historic preservation. His work includes research and restoration of many National Historic Landmark structures. The projects have included addition and renovation works for the National Gallery of Art, interior and exterior restoration of several state capitols, and the award-winning adaptive re-use of McKim, Mead and White's Girard Trust Company buildings (Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia). In addition to his architectural practice, Garrison writes and lectures extensively on the history and architecture of southeastern Pennsylvania, where he lives on the Main Line. Garrison is the author of Mastering Tradition: the Residential Architecture of John Russell Pope (2004) and Houses of Philadelphia: Chestnut Hill and the Wisahickon Valley, 1880-1930 (2008).

CORNELIA BROOKE GILDER spent most of her childhood in Lenox, Massachusetts, in the house her grandparents bought in 1906. A graduate of Vassar College, she continued her graduate work at the Institute for Advanced Architectural Studies in York, England. She worked at the New York State Historic Preservation Office in Albany and has since contributed to a number of exhibits and publications, including Albany Architecture (Mt. Ida Press, :1993), A History of Ventfort Hall (Ventfort Hall Association, 2002), A Walk in the Country: George Inness and the Berkshires (Clark Art Institute, 2005). Gilder is a co-author, with  RICHARD S. JACKSON of Houses of the Berkshires, 1870-1930 (2006). She lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts, with her husband George.

CAROL GROVE is an art historian who specializes in the study of American architecture and landscapes. Her doctoral degree, from the University of Missouri-Columbia, focused on nineteenth-century landscape aesthetics and garden botany as applied at public institutions in St. Louis. She works to promote historic buildings and landscapes as a board member of the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation and Scenic Missouri. Grove is a co-author, with Cydney Millstein, of Houses of Missouri, 1870-1940 (2008). 

JUDITH GURA is professor and faculty member at the New York School of Interior Design, where she directs the design history program and the author of New York Interior Design, 1935-1985 (2008). A graduate of Cornell University, she has a Master'™s degree in Design History from the Bard Graduate Center. She has taught at Pratt Institute and FIT, and has contributed to exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is the author of Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture: Designs for the 21st Century; Guide to Period Styles for InteriorsHarvey Probber: Modernist Furniture, Artworks and Design; and Edward Wormley: The Other Face of Modernism. She is a contributing editor for Art+Auction magazine, and frequently lectures about design.


NEIL HARRIS, the author of Chicago Apartments: A Century of Lakefront Luxury (2004) and a Chicagoan since 1969, is Preston and Sterling Morton Professor of History and professor of art history at the University of Chicago. Harris' influential texts on American cultural history include the classic Artist in American SocietyHumbug: the Art of P. T. BarnumCultural Excursions: Marketing Appetites and Cultural Tastes in Modern AmericaBuilding Lives: Constructing Rites and Passages, and The Chicagoan. A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age.


MARK ALAN HEWITT, is an architect, teacher, and writer with special interests in American architecture, historic preservation, and the classical tradition in art. He has taught at Rice and Columbia universities and at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is currently an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers. His numerous publications on architecture include The Architect and the American Country House (Yale, 1990) and Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms ( Syracuse, 2001). Hewitt is a co-author, with  KATE LEMOS-McHALE WILLIAM MORRISON and  CHARLES WARREN, of Carrere & Hastings, Architects (2006).


RICHARD S. JACKSON, JR. is a native of Greenwich, Connecticut who came to the Berkshires in 1962. He served as assistant Army harbormaster of the Port of Saigon during the Vietnam War, and wrote and produced educational films in New York City. Later chief of the staff of the office of the House Minority Leader in the Massachusetts legislature in Boston, he returned to the Berkshires as president of WBEC, Inc. where he regularly wrote and broadcast radio editorials. His wife, Linda Wesselman Jackson, is the curator of Chesterwood. As chairman of the Lenox Historical Commission and the Tanglewood Council and member of the Naumkeag committee he worked to preserve many of the houses mentioned in his book. In recent years, as a real estate agent, he has facilitated the change of ownership of historic properties. Jackson is a co-author, with  CORNELIA GILDER, of Houses of the Berkshires, 1870-1930 (2006).


MICHAEL KATHRENS is an independent scholar specializing in American residential architecture and interior decoration of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is the author of American Splendor: the Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer (Acanthus Press 2002, 2012), Great Houses of New York (Acanthus Press, 2005), and Newport Villas (W.W. Norton, 2009). Kathrens is currently working on the second volume of Great Houses of New York, to be published by Acanthus Press in the spring of 2013. He lives in Newport, Rhode Island.


KATE LEMOS McHALE is an associate at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners in New York City, where she works as the firm'™s architectural historian, researcher and preservation specialist. A native of Newcastle, Maine, she studied architectural history at Brown University. As a preservation consultant and architectural historian, she has worked on a wide range of preservation projects in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. Budapest, Hungary, and Antwerp, Belgium, involving historical research and interpretation, historic structure documentation and restoration, exhibits design, and innovative modern interventions within historic contexts. A co-author of Carrere & Hastings, Architects (2006), Kate is currently working, with Lisa Easton, on New York Apartments, 1884-2008: The Dakota to Trump Place to be published by Acanthus Press.


GARY LAWRANCE, AIA, is principal of Lawrance Architectural Presentations, which provides design presentations, architectural models, and design development services to architects, landscape architects, and interior designers. Lawrance is the co-author, with  ANNE SURCHIN, of Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930 (2007).  He lives in Stony Brook, New York.


As Winterthur Museum full-time historian,  MAGGIE LIDZ researches, writes, and lectures about the history of Winterthur, a du Pont family estate that dates back to 1839. Although best known as a museum of American decorative arts, the horticultural and social history of Winterthur have been fertile territory for historical investigation. Lidz'™s interest in Winterthur began while in the art history graduate program at the University of Delaware as a student of the eminent architectural historian Damie Stillman. She is the author of The du Ponts: Houses and Gardens in the Brandywine, 1900-1951 (2009) and Life at Winterthur: a du Pont Family Album (2001).


PAUL J. MATEYUNAS, a native to Long Island's North Shore, has been fascinated by the architecture of Long Island since his early youth. Schooled in the arts in the United States and Italy, Paul holds degrees in art history and business. His interest in historical preservation has led him to work as a restoration consultant. As a real estate agent for Daniel Gale Sotheby's International in Locust Valley, Paul specializes in assisting his customers to buy and sell old estates. The author of North Shore Long Island: Country Houses 1890-1950 (2007) and an architectural writer for Elements magazine, Paul has also curated several exhibitions on the subject and is involved in fundraising for several nonprofits and charities of which he is an active supporter.


 is an independent historian, author, lecturer, and restoration consultant specializing in 19-and
20th- century interiors.  Metcalf is a frequent contributing author to magazines such as Magazine Antiques and House& Garden, and books including Recreating the Past: Essays on the Colonial Revival (2004), Designers on Designers (2003), David Adler, Architect: The Elements of Style (2002).  In 1988 she authored Ogden Codman and the Decoration of Houses, and curated the related exhibition at the National Academy of Design, Boston Athenaeum, and National Building Museum. Metcalf's latest project, Syrie Maugham: Staging Glamorous Interiors (2010) is a sparkling, substantive monograph that benefits from Metcalf'™s dual insights as an historian and practicing designer, and includes a preface by Maugham'™s granddaughter.


 is a preservation consultant, architectural historian, and principal and owner of Architectural & Historical Research, LLC in Kansas City, Missouri, with nationwide experience in the field for over 25 years. Her work includes the examination and documentation of buildings and industrial typologies for a variety of clients, both public and private. Millstein is a co-author, with  CAROL GROVE, of Houses of Missouri, 1870-1940 (2008). Additionally, she lectures on many related topics and has published articles in professional journals including CRM and


is an interior designer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Born and raised in Florida, Mockler has dedicated much of his life to the study of the architecture of Palm Beach, especially the buildings of Maurice Fatio. He is the author of Maurice Fatio, Palm Beach Architect.

GLADYS MONTGOMERY is an award-winning writer and editor. The author of five books and the founding editor of Berkshire Living Home + Garden, she has penned more than 200 magazine features about architecture, design, antiques, and historic buildings, which have appeared in regional, national, and international publications. In 2007, she transposed this expertise into a real estate career with The Kinderhook Group. The author of An Elegant Wilderness: Great Camps and Grand Lodges of the Adirondacks, 1855-1935, she lives in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Author, editor, historian and lecturer  WILLIAM MORRISON has devoted much of his life to the study of American architecture of the early twentieth century and the Broadway theatre of the same era. An English literature graduate of Indiana's DePauw University with a Master'™s degree in Playwriting from Ohio University, Mr. Morrison wrote a number of articles on theatrical subjects while employed by the New York theatre tradepaper Back Stage, which culminated in his first full-length book, Broadway Theatres: History and Architecture (Dover Publications, 1999), a photographic record of the well-known playhouses in and around New York'™s Times Square. Born in Boston but raised in the Philadelphia suburb of Radnor, he called upon the latter experience in writing his second book, The Main Line: Country Houses of Philadelphia'™s Storied Suburb (2002), the first book in Acanthus Press'™ series on the American Country House. One of the four authors of Acanthus Press'™ 2006 release Carrere & Hastings: Architects, he also served as editor and advisor on Acanthus works on the residential architecture of  Long Island'™s North Shore, the Massachusetts Berkshires, Los Angeles, and the Hamptons. More recently, he edited Acanthus' publications The Work of Dwight James Baum (2008) and Houses of Philadelphia: Chestnut Hill and the Wissahickon Valley (2008). The descendant of three generations of hotel operators and dwellers, Mr. Morrison is currently at work on a study of New York'™s Grand Hotels from the late nineteenth century to the present.



PENNY SPARKE, the author of Elsie de Wolfe: the Birth of Modern Interior Decoration (2006), is professor of design history and pro-vice Chancellor of Kingston University, London. She is the author over a dozen books on 20th-century design. Her best known publications include An Introduction to Design & Culture in the 20th CenturyItalian DesignJapanese DesignA Century of DesignA Century of Car Design and, most recently, The Modern Interior (2008), and The Genius of Design (2009). She has also curated a number of exhibitions and has broadcast widely on her specialist area.


ANNE SURCHIN, AIA is principal in the firm of Anne Surchin Architect. Her work has been exhibited at Beaux Arch '89, AIA Long Island Chapter, Pratt Institute, and the East End AIA Members Exhibits. She has written about architecture and the design arts for numerous publications, including The New York Observer, Progressive Architecture, The Southampton Press, Newsday, Country Magazine, and Vox. She lives and practices architecture on the East End. Ms. Surchin is a co-author, with  GARY LAWRANCE, of Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930 (2007). 


CHARLES DAVOCK WARREN is a professional architect and architectural historian. Since 1987, Warren has led his own architectural firm, Charles Warren, Architect, which designs projects in diverse locations from New England to Florida, as well as in metropolitan New York, where the practice is based. In addition, Charles Warren has published numerous essays on architecture. Warren is a co-author of Carrere & Hastings: Architects (2006).


SAM WATTERS writes and lectures about American house and garden culture. He is the author of American Gardens, 1890-1930, Houses of Los Angeles, 1885-1935, Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935 and co-author, with ULYSSES DIETZ, of Dream House: The White House as an American Home  and essays on wide-ranging subjects including cactus theft for suburban gardens, the public gallery in the private house, and photographing Hollywood at home. Educated at Yale University and the University of Marseilles, he lives in New York and California.



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