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Architecture | Henry Hobson Richardson

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Architecture | Henry Hobson Richardson

From colonial era dwellings to distinctive business districts and designed open spaces, the architectural heritage of the Capital Region is rich and varied.

In the late 1800s a notable architect who worked in the region was Henry Hobson Richardson. He became known as "America's First Architect", for his original designs that broke away from European traditions.

The eighteen-seventies and eighties were a period of major public building in the U-S and Richardson's work set the style. He was one of the principal architects for the New York State Capitol, responsible for the Executive Chamber, the Senate Chamber and Senate corridors.

He also designed Albany's City Hall.  It’s a fine example of his signature Romanesque style, which is characterized by rugged texture, dramatic arches, and sculptural details.

Henry Hobson Richardson left a legacy that influenced generations of American architects.

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