A biography of henry hobson richardson an architect

The Crane Memorial Library in Quincy, Massachusetts —82with its tripartite layering of a rough-faced granite base beneath continuous clerestory windows topped with a tiled gable roof and its cavernous entrance arch, stands with the finest and most characteristic works of his maturity.

Building types[ edit ] The Thomas Crane Public Library Quincy, Massachusettswith Japanese inspired eyelid dormers in the roof on each side of the entrance Richardson pointedly claimed ability to create any type of structure a client wanted, insisting he could design anything "from a cathedral to a chicken coop.

His buildings - monumentally heavy, yet simple in line - incorporated semicircular arches, towers and rusticated brick facades. Lewis Mumford revaluated Richardson in Sticks and Stones ; 2d rev. The original Auburndale station was torn down in the s during construction of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

The original Auburndale station was torn down in the s during construction of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Perhaps he used the gambrel to signify the humility appropriate to the profession of his client, but in doing so he sanctioned its use for wealthier patrons and by other architects. Richardson's early buildings followed the then-current revival style of Gothic architecture and Second Empire.

Sometime during his Harvard days Richardson decided to become an architect. His distinguished pedigree and his own affability made his move from the South to Harvard University in as easy as it was eventually to be rewarding.

Glessner House Chicago, —87 is his best and most influential urban house. If you are looking for a source of secondhand books on the Romanesque style practiced by see: Although his initial fame came from his design of Trinity Church, Boston, his main achievements in architectural design occurred in four building types: His buildings - monumentally heavy, yet simple in line - incorporated semicircular arches, towers and rusticated brick facades.

Henry Hobson Richardson

These structures epitomized the growing sense of gravity, sobriety and stateliness that is the hallmark of his best work. Beginning with his first at Auburndaledemolished sRichardson drew inspiration for these station buildings from Japanese architecture that he learned about from Edward S.

It would be christened "Richardsonian Romanesque". Britishers William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones were commissioned to design some of the stained-glass windows, and other windows and murals were executed by John La Farge of the United States.

Home[ edit ] Richardson spent much of his later years in his house in Brookline, Massachusettswhich had a studio attached to ease the strain on his health.

Henry Hobson Richardson

His designs, based on Romanesque arttriggered a decade of Romanesque Revival in America, and his buildings had a significant impact on the Chicago School of architecture and its pioneering skyscraper designs.

The Allegheny Courthouse was a sophisticated design resolution of complex functional requirements. His early works, however, were not very remarkable.Education and Architectural Training. Born and raised in Louisiana, Henry Hobson Richardson studied civil engineering at Harvard College and Tulane University, after which he became only the second American student, after Richard Morris Hunt (), to study architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris (c).

Henry Hobson Richardson was a prominent American architect who designed buildings in Albany, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and other cities. The style he popularized is named for him: Richardsonian Romanesque.

H.H. Richardson

Along with Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, Richardson is one of "the recognized trinity of American architecture". H.H. Richardson, in full Henry Hobson Richardson, (born September 29,Priestley Plantation, Louisiana, U.S.—died April 27,Brookline, Massachusetts), American architect, the initiator of the Romanesque revival in the United States and a pioneer figure in the development of an indigenous, modern American style of architecture.

Henry Hobson Richardson (), American architect, helped set the standard for innovative design from which modern American architecture grew.

Henry Hobson Richardson was born in St. James parish, La., on Sept. 29, Henry Hobson Richardson was one of the leading American architects of the 19th century. He initiated the Romanesque revival in the US and remained an avant-garde in developing and popularising medieval style of architecture in America, which became famous after his name as ‘Richardsonian Romanesque’.Spouse: Julia Gorham Hayden.

H.H. Richardson, in full Henry Hobson Richardson, (born September 29,Priestley Plantation, Louisiana, U.S.—died April 27,Brookline, Massachusetts), American architect, the initiator of the Romanesque revival in the United States and a pioneer figure in the development of an indigenous, modern American style of architecture.

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