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 Henry Hobson Richardson

Henry Hobson Richardson

Birth
St. James Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 27 Apr 1886 (aged 47)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Bow Ave, Sect. 8, Lot 564
Memorial ID 871 · View Source
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Architect. He was born on a plantation near New Orleans, Louisiana, and died in MA in 1886. Richardson is famous for designing the Marshalll Field & Company Wholesale Warehouse (1887) in Chicago, IL.
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Henry Hobson Richardson was a highly influential architect in the late nineteenth century, who created a style that became known as Richardsonian Romanesque.
Born at the Priestley Plantation in St. James Parish, Louisiana, Henry Hobson Richardson was the great-grandson of Joseph Priestley, who is credited with the discovery of oxygen.
Richardson studied at Tulane and Harvard Universities. His interest in civil engineering shifted to architecture, and he continued his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Because of his family's financial difficulties during the Civil War, he was unable to complete his studies there and returned to the United States in 1865.
He began working with the Romanesque style that he had encountered in southern France. His noted works include Trinity Church, Boston; the New York State Capitol Building, Albany; the Allegheny County Courthouse, Pittsburgh, PA; and the Marshall Field Wholesale Store, Chicago.
Richardson died in the Brookline area, at the age of 47, of Bright's disease (nephritis).
He is buried in the family plot near where he lived most of his life.
From Architects' Gravesites by Henry H. Kuehl, c. 2017, p. 83.
Submitted by Member Angela (#48520699), member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.



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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 871
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Hobson Richardson (29 Sep 1838–27 Apr 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 871, citing Walnut Hills Cemetery, Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .