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Forum, Sept. 12: Roy W. Banwell Jr.: Last of a generation of architects

Published: 9/11/2020 10:00:16 PM
Modified: 9/11/2020 10:00:02 PM
Roy W. Banwell Jr.: Last of a generation of architects

The North Country architectural community was saddened to learn of the death of Roy W. Banwell Jr. He founded Banwell Architects in 1966, succeeding E.H. and M.K. Hunter, widely recognized as pioneers in bringing modern architecture to Northern New England. He continued the tradition in his own work and in fostering design excellence in the firm.

In 1971, he co-founded Banwell White and Arnold in the unique “air-rights” building of his design on Wheelock Street in downtown Hanover. In a studio course, he introduced architecture to a generation of Dartmouth College students, many of whom went on to distinguished careers in the profession. His commitment to modernism was legendary, and in later years he was often consulted by architectural historians for his views on “mid-century modern” design, which were generously punctuated with anecdotes and wry humor.

Roy Banwell Jr. represented the last of a generation, and he will be missed.

STUART WHITE

Hanover

Omit needless words

I read Richard D. Bircher’s column “Civilization: An unending wave of invaders” on last Sunday’s Perspectives page. I commend to him the essays “How to say nothing in 500 words,” by Paul McHenry Roberts, and “How to write with style,” by Kurt Vonnegut. Writing styles change over time and we are no longer in the 1850s. The modern style prefers saying a lot with a few simple words to saying very little with many big words.

To the editor of the Sunday Valley News Perspectives section: Imparting the above information, or the equivalent, to the writer was supposed to be your job. As a matter of kindness to your contributors and readers, the imparting should done, and the writer given opportunity act on it, before the final — strike that — the first draft of the column is run in print.

ERIC SCHORI

Canaan

Attempting to follow the ‘progressive’ logic

I am attempting to follow the “progressive” logic. We can’t find a cure for COVID-19, improve the economy, lower unemployment rates, have peace in the Middle East, clean up the hurricanes, have a real stimulus program, put out the California and Colorado wildfires and stop the riots — because it will help President Donald Trump?

What kind of people think this way? By now everyone knows how sick the mainstream media is, with its daily lies and hate. How can thinking — I use the term loosely — people vote for former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris and encourage the burning of minority neighborhoods?

The recent voter fraud incident in Lebanon — allegedly voting twice in the 2016 election — is indicative of the Democratic National Committee/by-any-means-necessary crowd. No one will ever trust the vote in Lebanon again. Thank God for honest police and people everywhere.

Can’t wait to vote these militant, violent radicals out.

JIM ARGENTATI

Lyme

Cheering from the sidelines

In explaining why he downplayed the severity of this pandemic, our great leader, President Donald Trump, said, “The fact is, I’m a cheerleader for this country, I love our country, and I don’t want people to be frightened.”

I am fine with him wearing spangled boots, with tassels on his bra, waving pompoms from the sidelines, but I thought he was “elected” to play quarterback.

BETH DINGMAN

Norwich




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