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Henry Hobson Richardson


Henry Hobson Richardson, American architect. member Royal Institute Brit.


Richardson, Henry Hobson was born on September 29, 1838 in St. James Parish, Louisiana, United States. Son of Henry Dickenson and Caroline (Priestley) Richardson.


Attended U. Louisiana. Graduated from Harvard, 1859. Attended Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, France, 1860-1862, 62-65.


Settled in New York City, 1865. Won architectural competitions for 1st Unitarian Church, Springfield, Massachusetts, Episcopal Church, West Medford, Massachusetts, 1866. Brattle Street Church, Boston, 1870, Trinity Church, Boston, 1872.

Partner with Charles D. Gambrill, 1867-1878. Appointed (with Leopold Eidlitz and Frederick Law Olmstead) to complete building and grounds New York State Capitol, 1876. Moved office to Brookline, Massachusetts, 1878.

Principal works include: shingled summer cottage of Review P. Browne, Marion, Massachusetts (best domestic work), 1881. Library, Quincy, Massachusetts, 1880, Sever Hall, Harvard, 1878, Austin Hall, Harvard, 1881, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. Building, 1885, Marshall Field Building, Chicago, 1885, series of stations for Boston & Albany R.R., from Auburndale to Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, 1885, Billings Library, U. Vermont, Burlington, 1833, Conversse Library, Malden, Massachusetts, 1883, Baptist Church, Newton, Massachusetts, 1884, Bagley Memorial Fountains, Detroit, Glessner home, Chicago, homes of Henry Adams and John Hay, Washington, District of Columbia.

Fellow American International Assurance, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Archeological Institute American. Elected honorary and corresponding member Royal Institute British Architects, 1885. Set Eastern Architectural fashions, 1880-1893, style lost precedence after “renaissance” of classicism began, 1893.


Member Royal Institute Brit.


Married Julia Hayden, January 3, 1867, 6 children.

Henry Dickenson Richardson

Caroline (Priestley) Richardson

Julia Hayden