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Henry Hobson Richardson Architect born in Priestley Plantation La He graduated from Harvard 1859 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris He returned to open his practice in New York in 1866 in an early partnership 1867--78 with Charles Dexter Gambrill designing chiefly churches After employment in Paris he began practice 1866 in New York City but moved to Brookline Mass in 1874 Trinity Church in Boston 1872-77 was his first monumental work its French Romanesque design was a departure from the Gothic revival that controlled contemporaneous American architecture In it and in subsequent works Richardson developed a free and strongly personal interpretation of Romanesque design His design for Trinity Church Boston 1872--77 won him national recognition Practicing independently after 1878 in Brookline Mass he designed a number of small suburban libraries and railroad stations Harvard residence halls commercial buildings and private houses and collaborated on the New York State Capitol Albany 1876--86 His final works were the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail Pittsburgh 1883--88 and the Marshall Field Wholesale Store Chicago 1885--87 completed by assistants after Richardsons death Richardsons designs progressively refined Romanesque forms into a style termed Richardsonian inspiring the American Romanesque revival He was a major representative of romanticism in American architecture and was noted for his revival of Romanesque design The style known as Richardson Romanesque spread and won many followers exerting a great influence upon the building arts of the period especially in the young growing cities of Chicago Cleveland Cincinnati and St Louis Richardsons buildings showed strength simplicity and a skilful employment of varied materials In his country houses of wood he produced a distinct American type At the end of 19th century Richardson produced the buildings upon which his reputation principally rests He designed houses community libraries suburban railroad stations educational buildings and commercial and civic structures Instead of the splintered massing narrow vertical proportions and disparate Gothic features used by his contemporaries he favoured horizontal
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