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MS Typ 1097

Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886. Henry Hobson Richardson additional drawings and papers, 1858-1886: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Lamont E7
Call No.: MS Typ 1097
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886.
Title: Henry Hobson Richardson additional drawings and papers,
Date(s): 1858-1886.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.6 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract: Drawings, correspondence, and photographs by and relating to the American architect H. H. Richardson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

75M-7. Deposited in 1975 by Joseph Priestley Richardson, great-grandson of Henry Hobson Richardson; converted to a gift in 1995 by vote of the directors of Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott, 1 Court Street Boston, Massachusetts 02108, Architects.
Items (47), (48), and (49) were returned to the depositor on 1982 October 13.

Conditions Governing Access:

Original drawings may be consulted only by prior arrangement and with the permission of the Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Henry Hobson Richardson Additional Drawings and Papers, 1858-1886 (MS Typ 1097). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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Biographical / Historical

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.



Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous drawings and correspondence by and relating to H. H. Richardson; Richardson's sketchbook; photographs of architectural drawings (some now lost) and built works by Richardson; study photographs of other buildings.

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