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Architectural Styles: Richardsonian Romanesque

City Hall, formerly the Federal Building, Rochester, built 1880's.
City Hall, formerly the Federal Building,
Rochester, built 1880's

 

Grace Episcopal Church, Scottsville, Built circa 1880.
Grace Episcopal Church, Scottsville
Built circa 1880

 

Corn Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, Rochester, Built 1900.
Corn Hill Methodist Episcopal Church,
Rochester, Built 1900

 

Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, built 1893.
Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester
Built 1893

 

The Richardsonian Romanesque style was popular from about 1880 to 1900. It is named for the Boston-based architect Henry Hobson Richardson, who almost single-handedly invented it. Richardson took his inspiration from the Romanesque period of medieval European architecture.  The style is thus reminiscent of medieval castles and churches.

Most buildings in this style were public buildings such as halls and churches. It was expensive to use the stone required. Some wealthy people did build houses in the style. Occasionally some of the features of Romanesque style were used in wooden buildings.

Features:

  • Heavy walls of stone
  • Openings set deep into the walls
  • Large arches framing stacks of windows
  • Asymmetrical form
  • Towers, turrets and gables

 

 

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