The Architecture of H. H. Richardson and His Times

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This is a great book about one of America's greatest architects by one of America's greatest critics of architecture Henry- PDFRussell Hitchcock. The Architecture of H. H. Richardson and His Times PDF EBookBoston's Trinity Church and Harvard University's Sever Hall are probably the two buildings of Richardson that have been by the largest number of people.Both are beautiful buildings that despite being designed to impress are still wonderfully elegant.Russell's book brings you close to this intriguing genius and helps members of the general public to more fully appreciate the nature of his accomplishment.

Russell works very hard analyzing the evolution of the designs of most of Richardson's most prominent buildings and then appraises the final result with fine judgment and commendable thoroughness.

Richardson developed his own style known has Richardsonian Romanesque which was employed by many architects through out North America with great success.For example, the three finest buildings in my home city of Toronto (i.e. Victoria College, the Ontario Legislature and the Old City Hall) all rigorously follow the Richardsonian Romanesque Style.

Richardson while was ann innovator in terms of the faç download; ade.In terms of the structure he was the last of the Mohicans.In Richardson's buildings the walls still bore the load.This practice would be swept away in the twinkling of an eye as the Chicago School typified by William LeBaron Jenney, Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan would revolutionize American Architecture through their use of steel frames to support the load.

Richardson gave the old style of using stone and brick to support the upper levels of buildings rather than style frames a glorious swan song.Russell's book provides a wonderful story of the man and his buildings.It is well worth a read for anyone who has the opportunity to see any of his buildings which are still standing. Like this book? Read online this: The Story Of Britain's Best Buildings, Terry Richardson's Diary 2010.

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