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Richard Morris Hunt
Birth: Oct. 31, 1827
Brattleboro
Windham County
Vermont, USA
Death: Jul. 31, 1895
Newport
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA

Distinguished architect, designer and influential taste-maker. One of five children of Jonathan Hunt, a prosperous lawyer and landowner, who served in Congress and in the House of Representatives in Washington. Richard was educated in the comfortable worlds of New Haven and Boston; receiving his architectural training at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, being the first American to attend and graduate from that prestigious institution. Returning to the United States in 1855 he entered into practice in New York City in that year. He was active in the recently founded (1857) American Institute of Architects, later serving as its president until the year 1891, and was prominent in the social life of the City. Hunt helped direct American taste toward European monumentalism, and finally to the Renaissance, invoking the glories of France and Italy. He created an outstanding body of work in his forty years of practice - and many of his buildings today are national treasures. Hunt's numerous projects included New York's Lenox Library; the Tribune Building (one of the City's first skyscrapers); the great Fifth Avenue facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty - Hunt's most celebrated monumental work; the Administration Building for the World's Columbian Exposition, recalling the grandeur of Rome, at Chicago, in 1893; and a great number of remarkable private homes, many commissioned by members of the Vanderbilt family - which includes "The Breakers", for Cornelius Vanderbilt II at Newport, Rhode Island, and "Biltmore", for brother George W. Vanderbilt - the largest house ever built in the United States. Richard Hunt died unexpectedly of heart failure, brought on by gout aggravated by a severe cold, at his summer residence at Newport, while supervising the completion of Cornelius Vanderbilt's mansion, "The Breakers", in July 1895. (bio by: Robert Bruce) 
 
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 Parents:
  Jonathan Hunt (1787 - 1832)
  Jane Maria Leavitt Hunt (1801 - 1877)
 
 Spouse:
  Catharine Clinton Howland Hunt (1841 - 1909)*
 
 Children:
  Catharine Howland Hunt Hunt (1868 - 1963)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Island Cemetery
Newport
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 15, 2002
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Richard Morris Hunt
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Richard Morris Hunt
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Remembering Richard Morris Hunt on this Anniversary of his birth. Pictured ~ a great finial vase on the terrace of "The Breakers" . . . the monumental Palace Hunt designed for Cornelius Vanderbilt II in Newport.
- Robert Bruce
 Added: Oct. 31, 2014
In honor of a great architect.
- Miles Carter
 Added: Oct. 31, 2014
Remembering Richard Morris Hunt ~ great architect, on this Anniversary of his passing ! A view of the monument that was created in his honor on Fifth Avenue, between East 70th and 71st Streets in New York.
- Robert Bruce
 Added: Jul. 31, 2014
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