Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886

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Architect Henry Hobson Richardson was born and raised in Louisiana. He attended Harvard College (class of 1859) and was the second American to enroll in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Upon his return in 1866, he opened a small office in New York City in partnership with Charles Gambrill. In 1872 he received the design commission for Trinity Church in Boston and in 1874 he moved his home and office to Brookline to handle his growing practice in New England. The following years were to be the busiest and most successful years of his career until ill health caused his premature death in 1886 at the age of forty-seven. Richardson is known for his re-interpretation of French Romanesque architecture, called Richardson Romanesque.

From the description of Henry Hobson Richardson drawings, ca. 1866-ca. 1940. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612375174

The architect Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886) was born and raised in Louisiana. He attended Harvard College and was the second American to enroll in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Upon his return in 1866, he opened a small office in New York City in partnership with Charles Gambrill. In 1872 he received the design commission for Trinity Church in Boston and in 1874 he moved his home and office to Brookline to handle his growing practice in New England. The following years were to be the busiest and most successful years of his career until ill health caused his premature death in 1886 at the age of forty-seven. Richardson is known for his re-interpretation of French Romanesque architecture, called Richardson Romanesque.

From the guide to the Henry Hobson Richardson photographs of architectural projects, 1870-1974., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Henry Hobson Richardson drawings, ca. 1886- ca. 1940., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Henry Hobson Richardson additional drawings and papers, 1858-1886., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Architect; Boston, Massachusetts.

From the description of H.H. (Henry Hobson) Richardson papers, 1857-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122389876

Richardson was an American architect.

From the description of Drawings and papers, ca. 1866-ca. 1940 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 17266313

Henry Hobson Richardson was born at Priestly Plantation, Louisiana, on September 29, 1838. He studied at Harvard University where he decided to become an architect. Upon graduation in 1859 he attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and later worked in the office of Théodore Labrouste. Richardson returned to the United States after the Civil War in 1865. In 1866 he was awarded his first commission, the Church of the Unity, in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1874 he moved his practice from New York to Boston and founded, where he designed residential buildings, library buildings, railroad stations, educational buildings, and commercial and civic structures. Among his renowned buildings are the Brattle Square Church (1870-72), and Trinity Church (1872-77) in Boston, Sever (1878-80) and Austin Hall (1880-84) at Harvard, Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail (1883-88) in Pittsburgh, the Glessner House in Chicago (1885-87), and the Crane Memorial Library in Quincy, Massachusetts (1880-82). Richardson died in Brookline, Massachusetts on April 27, 1886.

From the guide to the Photographs Collected by Henry Hobson Richardson, 1870-1885 (inclusive): An Inventory., (Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.)

Architect Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886) was born and raised in Louisiana. He attended Harvard College and was the second American to enroll in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Upon his return in 1866, he opened a small office in New York City in partnership with Charles Gambrill. In 1872 he received the design commission for Trinity Church in Boston and in 1874 he moved his home and office to Brookline to handle his growing practice in New England. The following years were to be the busiest and most successful years of his career until ill health caused his premature death in 1886 at the age of forty-seven. Richardson is known for his re-interpretation of French Romanesque architecture, called Richardson Romanesque.

From the description of Henry Hobson Richardson photographs of architectural projects, 1870-1974. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612844147

From the description of Henry Hobson Richardson additional drawings and papers, 1858-1886. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612807015

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creatorOf Photographs Collected by Henry Hobson Richardson, 1870-1885 (inclusive): An Inventory. Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Hitchcock, Henry Russell, 1903-1987. Henry-Russell Hitchcock papers, circa 1500-1970, (bulk circa 1800-1970). Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Righter, James V. (James Volney). Illustrated journal/sketchbook, 1974 March 18-1976 Jan. 23. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Cooper, Frank Irving, 1867-1933. [Photographs from the studio of H.H. Richardson and Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge] [graphic]. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886. Drawings and papers, ca. 1866-ca. 1940 (inclusive). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Higginson, Henry Lee, 1834-1919. Business records, 1799-1919 (inclusive), 1870-1919 (bulk). Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
referencedIn Sloan, Percy H. (Percy Haydn), b. 1867. Percy H. Sloan photographs [graphic], 1890-1930. Newberry Library
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Historic American buildings survey forms, 1964 Nov. 9-1965 Mar. 31. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
creatorOf Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886. Henry Hobson Richardson photographs of architectural projects, 1870-1974. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Henry Hobson Richardson photographs of architectural projects, 1870-1974. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Wheelwright, John, 1897-1940. Papers, 1920-1940, Part III (Lowell-Z). Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Adams, Henry, 1838-1918. Microfilm edition of the Henry Adams papers, 1843-1938. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Henry Hobson Richardson drawings, ca. 1886- ca. 1940. Houghton Library.
creatorOf RICHARDSON, H. H. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Taylor, J. W., 1846-1918. J.W. Taylor photograph collection, ca. 1880-1910. Aurora University, Phillips Library
creatorOf Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886. Photographs collected by Henry Hobson Richardson [microform]. Harvard University, Frances Loeb Library
creatorOf Henry Hobson Richardson additional drawings and papers, 1858-1886. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886. Henry Hobson Richardson additional drawings and papers, 1858-1886. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Haven, Franklin, 1804-1893. Papers, 1751-1889. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Richardson Stones-Burnett Woods Collection, 1911-1972 University of Cincinnati, Archives and Rare Books Library
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Visual Collections - Locations File, Chronological, ca.1650- (inclusive), 1752- (bulk). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Willson, Edmund R., 1856-1906. Photographs of American architecture, 1886-1899 (inclusive). Harvard University, Frances Loeb Library
creatorOf Rutan, Charles H. (Charles Hercules), 1851-1914. Charles H. Rutan papers, 1870-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886. All Saints' Cathedral, Albany (N.Y.) [graphic]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886. Architectural drawings of the Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy, Massachusetts, 1880-1882. Old Colony Library Network, OCLN
creatorOf Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886. Henry Hobson Richardson drawings, ca. 1866-ca. 1940. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886. H.H. (Henry Hobson) Richardson papers, 1857-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907. Papers, 1848-1958. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903. Frederick Law Olmsted papers, 1777-1952 (bulk 1838-1903). Library of Congress
creatorOf Bowditch, Nathaniel, 1773-1838. Bowditch Family Papers, 1712-1927. Peabody Essex Museum
referencedIn Glessner, Frances Macbeth, 1848-1932. Glessner family papers, 1851-1960 (bulk 1864-1881). Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Hay, John, 1838-1905. Correspondence, 1854-1914, "Ray" to "Robinson". Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Henry Hobson Richardson additional drawings and papers, 1858-1886. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Adams, Marian, 1843-1885,. Marian Hooper Adams photographs, ca. 1846-1885. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Crane, Albert, 1842-. Correspondence, 1891-1907. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Burnham, Daniel Hudson, 1846-1912. Architects' and designers' papers, 1767-2003. Aurora University, Phillips Library
referencedIn Frederick Law Olmsted Papers, 1777-1952, (bulk 1838-1903) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf White, Stanford, 1853-1906. Albums of correspondence from Stanford White to his family, 1872-1905. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Gardner, John Lowell, 1837-1898. John Lowell Gardner letterpress book, 1870-1878. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Johnston, Clarence H. (Clarence Howard), 1859-1936. Clarence H. Johnston papers, 1878-1898. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Ames family. Ames family papers, 1782-1927. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Hitchcock, Henry Russell, 1903-1987. The architectural library of H. H. Richardson. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Massachusetts--Quincy
United States
Massachusetts--Boston
United States
United States
United States
United States
Subject
Architects
Architectural photography
Architectural firms
Romanesque revival (Architecture)
Architecture, Modern--19th century
Architecture
Commercial buildings--Designs and plans
Libraries--Designs and plans
Occupation
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Function
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Birth 1838-09-29

Death 1886-04-27

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