Talk:Henry Hobson Richardson

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Request info[edit]

I am in the process of writing a research paper on Henry Hobson Richardson, and require more in-depth information. If anyone can offer some insight, I would be most grateful.

-Casimir the Blue

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"Insight" is a pretty broad term. I have visited most of his extant buildings [as of 1988 or so] and my favorite quote about him is something like 'He designed buildings that looked like him." The Van Rensselaer book is the original source [1888] so start there. If you want someone to write your paper for you - -well make an offer. [Just kidding. I would NEVER solicit work on wikipedia] Carptrash 01:05, 26 Mar 2005 (UTC)
BtW, the van Rensselaer book (title in "References") is available through in a Dover reprint, delivered to your door! --Wetman 11:18, 26 Mar 2005 (UTC)

A picture of Toronto's old City Hall might also be useful for the pictures section, if we're to include mention of Richardson's influence -- it's an elegant Richardson-style building, and far more photogenic than the Ontario Parliament... --Chris LaRoche 3:48, 16 Dec 2006 (UTC)

Pictures of H.H.[edit]

I found some portraits of the man:

[1] [2]

The second is okay for non-profit use and attribution. Not sure about the second one, if it's PD or not. ~~ShiriTalk~~ 06:08, Mar 27, 2005 (UTC)

Father of Modernism?[edit]

I removed odd colloquialism "H. Richardson was not the father of modernism. But he was the grandfather of modernism". ' Father -- grandfather. Were there ever any mothers, grandmothers??Brosi 14:21, 25 November 2006 (UTC)


Great start to an article, neads lead expanding per WP:LEAD, in-line citations, and the gallery pruning substantially. --Antischmitz 16:59, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

um... hello. im not sure if anyone is following this page anymore but who was the african american henry richardson? im supposed to do a report on a henry richardson but idk who the teacher was referring to so whoever is editing this should put if he was african american

If you do a google search for <" henry richardson" african american> I think you'll get a lot closer to whom you want. Carptrash 22:59, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

Orphaned references in Henry Hobson Richardson[edit]

I check pages listed in Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting to try to fix reference errors. One of the things I do is look for content for orphaned references in wikilinked articles. I have found content for some of Henry Hobson Richardson's orphans, the problem is that I found more than one version. I can't determine which (if any) is correct for this article, so I am asking for a sentient editor to look it over and copy the correct ref content into this article.

Reference named "nhlsum":

I apologize if any of the above are effectively identical; I am just a simple computer program, so I can't determine whether minor differences are significant or not. AnomieBOT 02:13, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

* 1880 Witherbee Mansion - Port Henry, NY[edit]

I just moved this - " * 1880 Witherbee Mansion - Port Henry, NY "- from the list of the Great Man's commissions to talk about. It is not mentioned in either VanRensselaer or Ochsner, the two classic Richardson references, and doing a quick Google search only brought up this site. Which says nothing about Richardson. Any ideas/ other than to keep it off? Carptrash (talk) 23:37, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Suggest Removing Images of Non-Richardson Buildings[edit]

I suggest removing two images that show buildings not by H.H. Richardson: 1) the Wellesley B&A Station, a work by Richardson's successors Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge dating from 1888; 2) the Lucius Tuckerman mansion, Washington DC. Since this is an article about H.H. Richardson, it would seem best if only Richardson's own buildings are illustrated here. Perhaps these non-Richardson images could be moved to the Romanesque Revival page. Sullivanesque (talk) 21:25, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

There's a Richardsonian Romanesque article, too, but it already has more than enough pictures. I'd just remove the images. - Eureka Lott 21:41, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

Removal of Non-Richardson Buildings from List of Extant Works[edit]

I removed (from the List of Works) the Wellesley B&A Station and the Alston B&A Station, both of which were by Richardson's successors, Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge. I also removed the Lucius Tuckerman Mansion in Washington DC since it is not a Richardson building.Chesterct (talk) 02:44, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

Removal of Demolished Buildings from List of Extant Works[edit]

I removed the Unity Church, Springfield MA, from the list since it is not "extant." The list could be changed to a complete list of works and demolished buildings could be added back in.Chesterct (talk) 02:44, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

Removed the Marshall building in Chicago from extant works, torn down in 1930s. — Preceding unsigned comment added by J777e (talkcontribs) 16:10, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Howard Library Building[edit]

The text on the Howard aka Taylor Library Building in New Orleans read "The office of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge used a Richardson design which had been submitted and rejected some years earlier. This leads some, particularly those in New Orleans, to argue that this library is an original Richardson design." This wording seemed rather confusing to me. It seems to say that 1) the design was by Richardson 2) some people argue the design is by Richardson, but this is debatable (for some reasons not specified). I have attempted to clarify and expand the description. Infrogmation (talk) 18:56, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

I believe that there used to be an editor around who literally "wrote the book on Richardson." Or at least one of the books on him. Perhaps he will show up and clarify this sticky wicket for us. I will search out my copy of his book when I get home. Einar aka Carptrash (talk) 23:25, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

List defined references[edit]


Unless someone objects, I intend to shift this article to list-defined references sometime soon to simplify future changes as it grows. More info can be found at the WP:LDR shortcut.--Frankie Rae (talk) 20:19, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

This conversion is now complete. However, in the process, I found a number of problems with references, some of which I was unable to resolve. I note two problems here.
First, under Biography, the citation (currently numbered 6) for this sentence does not appear to support several of its points, including the claim that this building was the first appearance of Richardsonian Romanesque or that it is being restored:
"In 1869, he designed the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane (now known as the H. H. Richardson Complex) in Buffalo, the largest commission of his career and the first appearance of his eponymous Richardsonian Romanesque style. A massive Medina sandstone complex, it is a National Historic Landmark and, as of 2009, was being restored.[6]"
Second, under Replicas in the discussion of Wellesley Farms Railroad Station, I found no page citation for this source (currently numbered 38):
Roy, John H., Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. New England Rail Heritage Series. Pepperell, Massachusetts: Branch Line Press. pp. missing page citation. ISBN 978-0-342147-08-7.
Any assistance with either of these would be appreciated. Thanks! --Frankie Rae (talk) 20:06, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

Designed or influenced NYC Harlem Line stations?[edit]

We all know that Richardson designed many of the Boston and Albany Railroad stations, but since B&A became a subsidiary of the New York Central Railroad, and the NYC Harlem Line connected to the B&A at Chatham Union Station, is it possible he may have also designed some stations along the Harlem Line? Or did he at least influence the design of the stations? Check this link out(, as well as this description;

One of three Henry Hudon(sic)Richardson-designed station buildings at consecutive stations from Chappaqua to Bedford Hills, identical except for building materials used.

Aside from the misspelling of his middle name, is there any credibility to this statement? ----DanTD (talk) 03:34, 9 April 2012 (UTC)