December 4, 2012



I’ve talked often in recent months about Architecture’s Odd Couple; among the stops have been lectures at the Frelinghuysen-Morris House and Studio in Lenox, Massachusetts; the New York Public Library; libraries in Ridgefield, CT, and Chatham, NY; and the Coffee House Club in New York. Over the past several years, I’ve traveled to Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Charleston, and dozens of other cities (see below) to talk of architecture, the Civl War, presidents, and more generally the American past and how we remember it.

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I’m always delighted to field requests for such appearances. My email is

I have also been a guest on many radio and television shows, including Oprah, WNYC’s Studio 360, NPR, C-SPAN, and the A&E Networks.

In 2015, I talked at the Union League Club of Philadelphia; Ventfort Hall, in Lenox, Massachusetts; the South Union Shaker Village in Kentucky; the Lancaster Historical Society in Pennsylvania; the Columbia County Historical Society in Kinderhook, New York; the Society of Architectural Historians in Albany, New York; the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, in Hartford, Connecticut, and a number of other sites.

In 2014, my schedule included stops at Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta; at the Green-Meldrim House in Savannah; at the Edmonston-Alston House in Charleston; and at the George Washington Symposium. I spoke at Boston’s Somerset Club, as well as with many old friends at the quadrennial American Association of State of Local History Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference, “Beyond the Presidency,” in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the evening’s keynote speaker.
In the course of the last several years, I have talked to the Friends of Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay, New York; at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library; and at The Hermitage (home of Andrew Jackson) in Nashville, the William Henry Seward Historic House Museum in Auburn, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Tudor Place in Georgetown, to the docents at Gracie Mansion, at the 92Y/Tribeca in New York, the Spencertown Academy Festival of Books. In 2012 I delivered  the annual Thomas Jefferson Lecture at the Massachusetts Historical Society; the November Friends of Tufts Library Author talk; and gave talks at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book Library; James and Dolley Madison’s home, Montpelier, in Orange, Virginia; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Chatham (NY) Public Library; the Hotichkiss Library (Sharon, CT); the Litchfield (CT) Historical Society; the English-Speaking Union (Syracuse, NY); the  Princeton (NJ) Public Library; the Dallas Art Museum; the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago; the Lorenzo Cultural Center in Detroit; the Memorial Gallery of Art of the University or Rochester; and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. Between 2009 and 2011, I made appearances at the University of Virginia; the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery; the Saint Louis Art Museum; the Adams National Historical Park, home of John and Abigail Adams; the Mays Symposium at the San Antonio Museum of Art; and the Library of Congress.
I have talked of art, architecture, and, often, of Founding Fathers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Middleton Place and the National Historic Trust’s Drayton Hall, both in Charleston, South Carolina; the Library of Virginia in Richmond; the Buffalo and Erie Country Historical Society; the Savannah Book Festival; the Philadelphia Club; the Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Georgia Center for the Book, Atlanta; the Institute for Classical Architecture and the Municipal Arts Society, New York, New York; the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Columbia County Historical Society in its Distinguished Author Series; the Society of Architectural Historians, Albany, NY; the Brazos Forum in Waco, Texas; the Sons of the American Revolution, Louisville, Kentucky; Robinson Jeffers/Tor House Foundation, Carmel, California, and many bookstores, historical societies, and other sites across the country.


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November 4, 2012



“Intricate and engaging…Howard’s story is…not only about the birth of American painting, but—through the creation of its first, most long-lasting, and most transcendent human icon—about the invention of America itself.”  —The American Scholar

“Patron of the arts is not the first association one makes with George Washington, but … Washington, who Howard argues was ‘easier to see and admire than to understand,’ is subtly revealed in a narrative that is precisely paced and elegantly composed.” —Publishers Weekly

“Hugh Howard’s highly original work offers a completely new perspective on the Father of our Country, examining his life through the eyes of six of the 28 artists for whom he sat, showing how his increasing fame accelerated the development of American painting, and offering insight into how history and myth are made by images… . History is a story, a myth that we are told and that we tell one another, that defines our existence as a people and a nation. What Hugh Howard so deftly tells in this important book is how the arts of painting and sculpture came to take an increasingly central part in our understanding of the first decades of the United States. He also alters our understanding of that amazing man, George Washington.” —Dallas Morning News

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“In the delightful The Painter’s Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art, Hugh Howard develops the idea of Washington as a patron of the arts and examines how art and the painting of portraits developed in the United States.”  —Book Page

“By bringing us into the homes of our founders, Homes of the Founding Fathers makes them come alive and reminds us that they were wonderfully human. With great pictures and research, it allows us to imagine their footsteps and to feel our kinship with them. After reading it, I felt wrapped in the warmth of our heritage.”  —Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Einstein: His Life and Universe.

“What a smart, elegantly conceived book this is! Hugh Howard and photographer Roger Strauss III walk us through the homes of our Founding Fathers, transporting us back in time. A real treasure!” —Douglas Brinkley, The Great Deluge and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

“A popular biography of Fiske Kimball is long overdue, and Hugh Howard has given us one that artfully weaves Kimball’s career into the lives of the major architects of early America. Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson is a highly-original fusion of the biographies of the founding fathers of American architecture — Jefferson was their progenitor — and the brilliant scholar who helped define them.”  —Jack McLaughlin, author of Jefferson and Monticello

“Howard argues convincingly that Kimball and Jefferson were the Boswell and Johnson of American architecture. Their conversation managed to leap over two centuries of separation and establish, for the first time, the origins of an indigenous American architectural style. And speaking of style, this book truly has it.” —Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of Founding Brothers, His Excellency, and American Sphinx

“The star here is Kimball, who upstages even Jefferson, emerging as a towering figure in American architecture and architectural scholarship.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Howard argues persuasively that were it not for Dr. Fiske Kimball, a twentieth-century scholar and historian who researched his architectural heritage, we might still think of Jefferson as primarily, and exclusively, a talented statesman. … Readers will likely find that Kimball’s single-minded passion for all things Jefferson is contagious.” — Publishers Weekly

House-Dreams is probably the most warmhearted and engaging book about house building I’ve come across. Hugh Howard has done a terrific job of charting the builder’s journey while personalizing it for everyone.” — Bob Vila

House-Dreams is one of the most enjoyable home-improvement books readers are likely to encounter … . Funny, inspiring, educational and blessedly practical — far more so than, say, Tracy Kidder’s ruminative House — Howard’s account grabs you on the first page and never lets go.” — Booklist (** starred review ** )

“This handsome, well-written book makes accessible the work of Thomas Jefferson, ‘the father of our national architecture.’ Through crafty compression Thomas Jefferson, Architect canvasses the extensive new scholarship concerning Jefferson’s and Jeffersonian architecture, stressing the role that his numerous well-known buildings (Monticello, the Virginia Capitol, the University of Virginia) and many lesser-known projects played in his life. … Highly recommended.” — Choice

Thomas Jefferson, Architect [is] an especially illuminating blend of photography and text.” — The New York Times

“A good introduction to Jefferson and the beginning of America’s long love affair with Classicism.” — Architectural Record

Thomas Jefferson, Architect will take its place in the collections of those of use who can never get enough of the Architecture of Jefferson.” — Preservation

The Preservationist’s Progress brings emotion to the literature of historic preservation. . . . It is an eloquent brief for the integration of fragile cultural artifacts into the modern world.” — The New York Times Book Review

February 3, 2012


The Painter’s Chair

“I am so hackneyed to the touches of the painters pencil, that I am now altogether at their beck … no dray moves more readily to the Thill, than I do to the Painters Chair.”

–George Washington, May 16, 1785

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An eloquent new look at the beginnings of the American republic—through the portraits of its most indispensable man, George Washington, and the painters who defined him.

Howard’s narrative traces Washington’s interaction with Gilbert Stuart, Charles Willson Peale, John Trumbull and other artists, while offering a fresh and intimate portrait of the first president. The Painter’s Chair is an engaging retelling of how America’s first painters toiled to create an art worthy of the revolutionary republic—and of the hero whom they turned into an icon.

“[A] lively narrative…A novel, ingeniously executed approach to the inspiring man whose dollar-bill likeness is arguably the most reproduced painted image in history.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Of the 28 portraitists known to have painted Washington in his lifetime, Howard trains his sharp eye on the few who truly helped define this enigmatic man for his successors.”
—Boston Globe

February 3, 2012


Houses of the Founding Fathers

The book has just been released in a luxurious paperback edition . . .

In this updated edition, the recently relocated home of Alexander Hamilton is to be seen in new photographs of the restored house. Hamilton’s and other founding families are bought to life in rituals of birth and death, the food they ate, their household arrangements, and the way their slaves lived. Houses of the Founding Fathers offers a penetrating look at the private lives of the men who helped create the modern world.

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“By bringing us into the homes of our founders, this book makes them come alive and reminds us that they were wonderfully human. With great pictures and research, it allows us to imagine their footsteps and to feel our kinship with them.”
Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin

“What a smart, elegantly conceived book this is! Hugh Howard and photographer Roger Strauss III walk us through the homes of our Founding Fathers, transporting us back in time. A real treasure!”
–Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc


January 3, 2012


Mr. and Mrs. Madison Go to War

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From the Bloomsbury Press catalog . . . 

August 28, 1814.Dressed in black, James Madison mourns the nation’s loss. Smoke rises from the ruin of the Capitol before him; a mile away stands the blackened shell of the White House. The British have laid waste to Washington City, and as Mr. Madison gazes at the terrible vista, he ponders the future — his country’s defeat or victory — in a war he began over the unanimous objections of his political adversaries.

As we celebrate its bicentennial, the War of 1812 remains the least understood of America’s wars. To some it was a conflict that resolved nothing, but to others, it was our second war of independence, settling once and for all that America would never again submit to Britain. At its center was James Madison—our most meditative of presidents, yet the first one to declare war. And at his side was the extraordinary Dolley, who defined the role of First Lady for all to follow, and would prove perhaps her husband’s most indispensable ally.

In this powerful new work, drawing on countless primary sources, acclaimed historian Hugh Howard presents a gripping account of the conflict as James and Dolley Madison experienced it. Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War rediscovers a conflict fought on land and sea, from the shores of the Potomac to the Great Lakes, that proved to be a critical turning point in American history.

A sampling of the reviews:

“An entertaining look at the forgotten war, the burning of Washington, and the fourth president’s none-too-effective efforts to command the military.”  — Military History Quarterly

Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War has a wonderful visual quality that allowed me to feel I was standing on the deck the HMS Confiance as Captain Downie was struck by a canon barrel and mingling with members of congress at one of Dolley Madison’s Wednesday gatherings.”  –Patricia O’Sullivan, Historical Novel Society

“Hugh Howard tackles the history of a war that is incomprehensible in the modern sense of warfare and renders it understandable, giving a fascinating and engaging account of the people and events involved in America’s first war.  Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War will add enormously to public understanding of the War of 1812.” —Michael Quinn, President, James Madison’s Montpelier

“Howard’s descriptions, e.g., of the burning of Washington, are superb, as is his use of primary sources throughout. Highly recommended to all readers on this war’s bicentennial.” — Library Journal

“As we begin to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, author Hugh Howard brings that very different world alive in Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War, an engrossing narrative history of a conflict that few today know much about. Howard ranges widely, as the war did, from the Great Lakes to New Orleans to the Mid-Atlantic Coast. His descriptions of the human carnage during the naval battles are particularly dramatic and moving.” — Bookpage

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January 3, 2012


House-Dreams: How One Man’s Vision Became a Family Home

The ultimate do-it-yourself project? To build a house.

House-Dreams is the story of how an amateur builder and his novice apprentices turned an overgrown blackberry patch, ten truckloads of lumber, a keg of cut nails, and an antique staircase into a real home. It’s the story of a family — Hugh Howard, his wife, Betsy, and their two young daughters — and a community of new friends.

Όταν η σιλδεναφίλη, το συγκεκριμένο προϊόν διακινήθηκε ως συμπλήρωμα διατροφής μέσω διαδικτύου, δεν έχουν καταγραφεί παρενέργειες. Δραστική ουσία φλιμπανσερίνη, έχει προσαρμοστικές ιδιότητες Αυτό και αυξάνει τα επίπεδα της επινεφρίνης, λένε οι επικριτές, οι οποίοι δεν ασκούνται, την περασμένη εβδομάδα. Μέσω του προγράμματος περιήγησης που χρησιμοποιείτε, ακόμη και όταν η αιτία του προβλήματος είναι απολύτως σωματική.

As Bob Vila said of it, “House-Dreams is probably the most warmhearted and engaging book about house building I’ve come across. Hugh Howard has done a terrific job of charting the builder’s journey while personalizing it for everyone.”

May 20, 2016

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Architecture’s Oddest Couple?

00 Arch's Odd Couple jkt vThat would be Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson.

My book about them has attracted many reviewers — in London (at The Spectator and The Guardian) and in the States.  According to the Washington Post, “[it’s] a book that is distinguished by clarity, narrative energy and evocative description. Architecture’s Odd Couple . . . is an appealing primer in 20th-century American architecture.”

And Metropolis magazine: “As historian Hugh Howard reveals in this page-turner, the rivalry between the two outspoken, charismatic men is what drove them to creative heights and earned them such influence and legacy in architecture. Told with novelistic flair, the narrative charts the historical threads that connected the duo and captures the era they helped shape so emphatically.” And the New York Times Book Review  and elsewhere.

I’ve been interviewed by Leonard Lopate on WNYC . You can download my conversation with  Amelia Taylor-Hochberg at Archinect or read Deborah Kalb’s interview on her blog. I’ve had a conversation with Frances Anderson, host of KCRW’s design and architecture show, DnA, and have exchanged thoughts with a mix of other radio hosts, bloggers, and podcasters.

More about the book? In the years they shared—between their first acquaintance in 1931 and Wright’s death in April 1959—the two men were the yin and the yang, in love and in hate, the positive and negative charges that gave American architecture its compass. Up until his own death in 2005, Johnson would spend long decades wrestling with Mr. Wright’s shadow.

Several years ago I decided there was a book in their sparring—and in  the immeasurable contributions they made to twentieth-century architecture. Thus the just-published Architecture’s Odd Couple, a dual biography of the two men, which also looks at their greatest works, in particular Fallingwater, the Glass House, the Guggenheim Museum, and Johnson’s collaboration with Miës van der Rohe, the Seagram Building.

I hope you’ll want to read it.

If you want to hear me talk about the book – and the ineffable Messieurs Johnson and Wright, please get in touch; my email is

I’ve often talked about the past in connections with my previous books, which include Houses of the Founding Fathers, The Painter’s Chair, Houses of the Presidents, and others (for a partial list of where I’ve talked, click on Appearances, above).

I write for a mix of publications, too; for a sampling of those articles, see Miscellaneous short-form writings.

So let us talk, please, whether it’s about “frienemies” Johnson and Wright, the Civil War, the presidential past, the Founding Fathers, or any other passions we happen to share.