The Ransom Stiles House is a beautiful example of Federal Style architecture from prominent architect, Asher Benjamin. Benjamin was born in Hartland, Connecticut in 1773. In 1797, at the age of twenty-four, he published The Country Builder’s Assistant, the first architectural book compiled by an American. This book is still in print today. By 1843, he had written seven books whose titles span forty-six years. His earliest approach to architectural design is generally called Federal. By the end of his life, Benjamin had achieved enough status to participate in discussions that led to the formation of the American Institute of Architects.