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HENRY HOBSON RICHARDSON – BAGLEY MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN

Bagley Memorial Fountain
Bagley Memorial Fountain

The Bagley Memorial Fountain was built in 1887 by famous American architect Henry Hobson Richardson. The fountain was constructed as the dying wish of John J. Bagley. Bagley served as the 16th governor of Michigan and on his death, left $5,000 for the construction of a drinking fountain for the people of Detroit, Michigan. Richardson designed the fountain after a Venetian Catholic ciborium. The similarities are explicit with the fountain being surrounded by four columns supporting a pyramidal roof covering. The entire fountain is constructed from Braggville granite. I chose this fountain because it deviates from Richardson’s typical designs of churches and libraries and railroad stations.

HENRY HOBSON RICHARDSON – THOMAS CRANE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Thomas Crane Public Library Exterior
Thomas Crane Public Library Exterior
Interior View
Interior View

Built in 1881 by famous American architect Henry Hobson Richardson, the Thomas Crane Public Library serves the people of Quincy, Massachusetts. Like Richardson’s other works, it features his Richardsonian Romanesque styling of stone building material, large archways, towers, and a clay roof. The inside of the library was designed by Richardson too and is constructed from beautiful hard wood floor and paneling. This creates a warm and inviting interior. The library was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. It is one of the many libraries in the United States I am looking forward to visiting one day.

HENRY HOBSON RICHARDSON – OAKES AMES MEMORIAL HALL

Oakes Ames Memorial Hall
Oakes Ames Memorial Hall

The Oakes Ames Memorial Hall is located in Easton, Massachusetts. Similar to the Richardson Olmstead insane asylum, the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall was also a collaboration between Henry Hobson Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted. The hall was built from 1879-1881 as a gift to the town from the children of Oakes Ames. Richardson would design the Memorial Hall with the surrounding landscape designed by Olmstead. Like his other works, the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall features Richardsonian Romanesque styling. Typical are the stone construction, clay roofing, tower, large arches, and a vertical design. The building has an old world European theme that is beautiful to experience.

Henry Hobson Richardson – Sever Hall

Sever Hall
Sever Hall

Server Hall was built in 1878 by famous American architect Henry Hobson Richardson. It was commissioned by Anne Sever in honor of her deceased husband and was built as an addition to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sever Hall features Richardson’s typical Romanesque styling with vertical design, large towers, and archways. Instead of the usual stone building material however, red bricks were used in the construction instead. The building has several smaller classrooms and larger lecture halls and is still in use today. Located on the third floor is the Grossman Library. Sever Hall is one of Richardson’s most famous works and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

HENRY HOBSON RICHARDSON – RICHARDSON OLMSTED COMPLEX

Richardson Olmsted Complex
Richardson Olmsted Complex

Originally built in 1870, the Richardson Olmsted Complex served as an insane asylum in Buffalo, New York. It was designed by famous American architect Henry Hobson Richardson, and the surrounding landscape was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. From these two architects came the insane asylum’s name. The complex features a central administrative building with five wards flanked on each side for a total of eleven structures. The design of the campus feature Richardson’s famous Romanesque styling. Buildings are built from red bricks and include large towers that incorporate a vertical driven design. Retired from its original purpose, the Richardson Olmsted Complex is now a National Historic Landmark.

HENRY HOBSON RICHARDSON – TRINITY CHURCH

Trinity Church
Trinity Church

Trinity Church is located along the Back Bay of Boston, Massachusetts. The Church dates back almost 150 years. Trinity Church began construction in June of 1872 after its previous site was burned down in the Great Boston Fire. Designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, Trinity Church was one of his first major designs that ignited the architect’s popularity. The church features Richardsonian Romanesque styling. This is characterized by its clay roofs, stone building material, grand arches, and large tower. Trinity Church is often listed as one of the most important American architectural designs. Its beauty and attraction comes from the cohesiveness of its many design features coming together as one.