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Richardson Romanesque – popular 1880-1900


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In the mid 19th century, American public and commercial buildings were sometimes modeled after the European Romanesque style (Romanesque Revival). It was later in the 19th century when Henry Hobson Richardson implemented some of the Romanesque style while using Syrian-type arches and self-inspired unusual stone shapes to create a unique house style. This style became known as "Richardson Romanesque." First built in the northeast, this design can be found throughout the United States but more frequently seen in larger cities. Due to the expensive construction cost of the solid masonry designs, private homes of this type were generally only for the wealthy. Row homes were built as well, using brownstone or Roman brick with terra-cotta enhancements.

The Richardson Romanesque style exhibited the architect's individualism through unusual sculpted shapes and massive use of heavy masonry walls, usually rough-faced squared stone. Decorative wall patterns were achieved utilizing colors or textures of stone.

Roof types varied, but the most common were hipped roofs with multi-gabled dormers, much like the asymmetrical shape of the Queen Anne style.

A typical Richardson Romanesque characteristic includes rounded arches over porch supports, entry ways, or windows. Most often these arches were set on squat columns or massive piers or sometimes built directly into the wall. Arches were enhanced by masonry voussoirs (wedge-shaped cut stone).

Another identifying feature includes one or two rounded, squared or polygonal shaped towers with conical roofs.

Window characteristics included deeply recessed one-over-one sash windows, arched windows flanked by decorative columns, and window groupings of three or more.

Some locations where you're likely to find Romanesque style designs:

  1. Allegheny West Historic District, c. , (Historic), Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County PA
  2. Asylum Hill, c. , (Historic), Hartford City, Hartford County CT
  3. Beaver Historic District, c. , (Historic), Beaver Boro, Beaver County PA
  4. Berkeley Square, c. 1910, (Historic), Trenton City, Mercer County NJ
  5. Bloomsburg Historic District, c. , (Historic), Bloomsburg Town, Columbia County PA
  6. Broad Street Commercial Historic District, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  7. Brookville Historic District, c. 1830, (Historic), Brookville Boro, Jefferson County PA
  8. Butler Historic District, c. , (Historic), Butler City, Butler County PA
  9. Carnegie Free Library, c. 1893, (Historic), Braddock Boro, Allegheny County PA
  10. Catasauqua Residential Historic District, c. , (Historic), Catasauqua Boro, Lehigh County PA
  11. Center Square-Hudson Park, c. , (Historic), Albany City, Albany County NY
  12. Central Troy Historic District, c. , (Historic), Troy City, Rensselaer County NY
  13. Church Street Historic District, c. , (Historic), Nassau Village, Rensselaer County NY
  14. Coalport Historic District, c. 1875, (Historic), Coalport Boro, Clearfield County PA
  15. Columbia Historic District, c. , (Historic), Columbia Boro, Lancaster County PA
  16. Danville Historic District, c. , (Historic), Danville Boro, Montour County PA
  17. Delta Historic District, c. 1853, (Historic), Delta Boro, York County PA
  18. Dryden Historic District, c. , (Historic), Dryden Village, Tompkins County NY
  19. DuBois Historic District, c. , (Historic), DuBois City, Clearfield County PA
  20. East Side Historic District, c. , (Historic), Catskill Village, Greene County NY
  21. Ellsworth Historic District, c. , (Historic), Lafayette City, Tippecanoe County IN
  22. Elmira Civic Historic District, c. , (Historic), Elmira City, Chemung County NY
  23. Federal Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Lynchburg City, Independent Cities VA
  24. Fifth and Main Historic District, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  25. Forest Park Southeast District, c. , (Historic), St Louis City, Independent Cities MO
  26. Franklin Historic District, c. 1870, (Historic), Franklin City, Venango County PA
  27. Goldsboro Historic District, c. , (Historic), Goldsboro Boro, York County PA
  28. Hanover Historic District, c. , (Historic), Hanover Boro, York County PA
  29. Hanover Square Historic District, c. , (Historic), Horseheads Village, Chemung County NY
  30. Hermitage Road Historic District, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  31. Honesdale Residential Historic District, c. , (Historic), Honesdale Boro, Wayne County PA
  32. Horace Jayne Residence, c. 1928, (Historic), Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County PA
  33. Hudson Falls Historic District, c. , (Historic), Hudson Falls Village, Washington County NY
  34. Hudson Historic District, c. , (Historic), Hudson City, Columbia County NY
  35. Lackawanna Avenue Commercial Historic District, c. , (Historic), Scranton City, Lackawanna County PA
  36. Lansdowne Park, c. 1890, (Historic), Lansdowne Boro, Delaware County PA
  37. Lewisburg Historic District, c. , (Historic), Lewisburg Boro, Union County PA
  38. Mexican War Streets Historic District, c. 1860, (Historic), Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County PA
  39. Milford Historic District, c. , (Historic), Milford Boro, Pike County PA
  40. Millionaires Row Historic District, c. 1885, (Historic), Williamsport City, Lycoming County PA
  41. Milton Historic District, c. , (Historic), Milton Boro, Northumberland County PA
  42. Monument Avenue Historic District, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  43. Mount Union Historic District, c. , (Historic), Mount Union Boro, Huntingdon County PA
  44. North Hill Historic District, c. 1890, (Historic), New Castle City, Lawrence County PA
  45. Old Allegheny Rows Historic District, c. , (Historic), Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County PA
  46. Patton Historic District, c. , (Historic), Patton Boro, Cambria County PA
  47. Philippi Historic District, c. , (Historic), Philippi City, Barbour County WV
  48. Ridgway Historic District, c. , (Historic), Ridgway Boro, Elk County PA
  49. Shrewsbury Historic District, c. , (Historic), Shrewsbury Boro, York County PA
  50. Society Hill, c. , (Historic), Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County PA
  51. South Side Historic District, c. , (Historic), Oil City, Venango County PA
  52. Stockade Historic District, c. , (Historic), Schenectady City, Schenectady County NY
  53. Sunbury Historic District, c. 1772, (Historic), Sunbury_City, Northumberland County PA
  54. Titusville Historic District, c. , (Historic), Titusville City, Crawford County PA
  55. Tunkhannock Historic District, c. , (Historic), Tunkhannock Boro, Wyoming County PA
  56. Union Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  57. Vandergrift Historic District, c. , (Historic), Vandergrift Boro, Westmoreland County PA
  58. Warren Historic District, c. , (Historic), Warren City, Warren County PA
  59. Watson-Curtze Mansion, c. 1892, (Historic), Erie City, Erie County PA
  60. Waverly Historic District, c. 1825, (Historic), Abington Twp, Lackawanna County PA
  61. Wellsboro Historic District, c. , (Historic), Wellsboro Boro, Tioga County PA
  62. West 21st Street Historic District, c. , (Historic), Erie City, Erie County PA
  63. West End Historic District, c. , (Historic), Norristown Boro, Montgomery County PA

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