A celebration of the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture.



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Henry Hobson Richardson

Henry Hobson Richardson is considered one of America's greatest architects He was born in 1838 in Louisiana. After graduating from Harvard, he continued his studies in Paris, where he learned the discipline and thought that is necessary for architecture. Upon returning to the United States, after the Civil War, he began making his mark on American Architecture. His vision was eventually labeled the "Richardsonian" school. This vision mixed the Romanesque architecture of old with a newly fueled vision that was all his own.

His work ranged from religious, Trinity Church in Boston, to commercial, the now demolished Marshal Fields Building in Chicago.

alegheny.gif (95819 bytes)The Allegheny courthouse in Pittsburgh is an example of Richardson's fusion of an older style, French Second Empire architecture, with his more modern picturesque style. Richardson was perhaps Olmsted's best friend after the Civil War. They collaborated on a number of projects, namely the Buffalo State Hospital and Niagara Square in Buffalo. One reason that the two worked well together was their mutual admiration for each others abilities and their shared drive toward perfection. The two also shared the idea that until the design was finished, whether the building was built or the park was open to the public, the design process was always open to change and update. Richardson died in 1886.

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