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Henry Hobson Richardson designed his most famous building Trinity Church in Copley Square after winning a competition in 1972 James OGorman described Trinity as a cultural even of the first importance in American history The building both represents a departure of the Bostons mind from its Puritan past and emergence of American creativity as a force in architecture Born in 1838 Richardson was raised just outside New Orleans and surrounded by the colorful stucco buildings of New Orleans He was from an American family but was greatly influenced by the French culture of his area After being denied admission to West Point Richardson graduated Harvard class of 1859 After Henry Hobson Richardson graduated Harvard University he decided to remain in the North to study rather than return to New Orleans He had the opportunity to study in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts travel to London travel through rural England and through Southern France and Spain making some trips with his friend Henry Adams Richardson collected postcards throughout his trips that would eventually amount to over 3000 images Later he returned to the US and began practicing in New York Richardson served on the Staten Island Commission and then moved to Brookline MA in 1874 after completing several commissions in Boston Richardson then designed Trinity Church during his remaining twelve years that he spent in Massachusetts Trinity Church is a prime example of revival architecture When the New Republic of the United States gained its independence the New Democratic Citizens wanted their place in history reflected in their architecture The people of the 18th century were proud people with rights rights to build homes and communities of their own And so the revival style was born a style built upon the perceptions of their predecessors the Greeks and Romans The difference was they had more freedom than their predecessors This revival style continued into the 19th century when Trinity Church was designed in
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