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Henry Hobson Richardson

Henry Hobson Richardson

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prominent American architect of the 19th century whose work left a significant impact on cities like Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, & Albany.
prominent American architect of the 19th century whose work left a significant impact on cities like Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, & Albany.

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Henry Hobson Richardson
Henry Hobson Richardson
 
(September 29, 1838–April 27, 1886)
was a prominentAmerican architect of the 19th centurywhose work left a significant impact oncities like Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, &Albany.
Studied at Harvard and the Ecole desBeaux Arts in Paris (1859-62) .While inEurope he worked under Henri Labrousteand Jakob Ignaz Hittorf.
Trinity Church, Boston defined his uniquestyle which became known as"Richardsonian Romanesque" becauseof the parallels with Romanesqueprinciples. He was very influential in hisshort life; followers include CharlesFollen McKim, Stanford White, LouisSullivan, and John Wellborn Root. (WJC)
 
 
Biography
Richardson was born at Priestly Plantation in St. James Parish,Louisiana and spent part of his childhood in New Orleans, where hisfamily resided on Julia Row in a red brick house designed by thearchitect Alexander T. Wood. He was the great-grandson of inventor and philosopher Joseph Priestley.
Richardson went on to study at Harvard College. Initially he wasinterested in civil engineering, but eventually shifted to architecturewhich led him to go to Paris in 1860 to attend the famed École desBeaux Arts.
He didn't finish his training there, as family backing failed during theU.S. Civil War. Nonetheless, he was only the second US citizen toattend the Ecole— Richard Morris Hunt was the first. The schoolwas to play an increasingly important role in training Americans inthe following decades.

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