Happy Birthday to H.H. Richardson

H.H. Richardson was born on September 29, 1838 – April 27, 1886 in Lousiana. He lived a short life, but he managed to change the face of American architecture for a major part of the 20th century. 

Happy birthday H.H. Richardson!

You can learn more about H.H. Richardson here and here and here .

Books on H.H. Richardson include Living Architecture by James F. O’Gorman and Henry Hobson Richardson: A Genius for Architecture by Margaret Henderson Floyd. Both excellent books to enjoy and learn more about this American genius.

Here is a building by H.H. Richardson with landscape by Frederick Law Olmsted, this one is the “State Lunatic Asylum” in Buffalo, NY. The building is also known as the New York State Hospital.

Photo: Historic American Buildings Survey

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