Henry Hobson Richardson, Nineteenth Century Architect

by Charles L. Barstow

Henry Hobson Richardson (1838 - 1886) was born in Louisiana. Soon after his graduation at Harvard he went abroad for travel and for study at the Ècole des Beaux Arts in Paris, the training place of all our best architects. During his studies he wrote, "My poor country is overrun with poor architects. I will never practice till I feel I can do justice to my art." Trinity Church, Boston, is his masterpiece but town halls, libraries and other public buildings in many cities spread his influence all over the country. He worked almost exclusively in the Romanesque style.

This article was published in Charles L. Barstow, Famous Buildings: A Primer of Architecture, D. Appleton - Century Company, Incorporated, New York, 1937.

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