Article: H. H. Richardson Home set to be demolished - Brookline, MA

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Roderick Grant
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Re: Article: H. H. Richardson Home set to be demolished - Brookline, MA

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It should be noted that the New York State Capitol was not designed entirely by Richardson. The first floor was the work of the originally contracted architect, Thomas Fuller. Floors 2 and 3 were designed in collaboration by Richardson and Leopold Eidlitz. The rest of the structure was done by Isaac G. Perry. I leave it up to others to ascertain which of the 3 elements is best.

jay
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Re: Article: H. H. Richardson Home set to be demolished - Brookline, MA

Post by jay »

Thanks for linking the new book, David. Looks like a good one.

Just after Richardson died, Olmsted was working on Franklin Park (Boston). He designed a piece of legitimate architecture, an "Overlook Shelter" that housed a restaurant, changing rooms and bathrooms.

The facade with its crisp gable:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/olmsted_a ... 435428479/

Side angles of the facade:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/olmsted_a ... 435428479/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/olmsted_a ... 843256092/

Quite interestingly, the roof form on the rear is rounded in a less-geometric shape:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/olmsted_a ... 843256092/

The intention, from afar, was that it'd rustically blend in with boulders:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/olmsted_a ... 843256092/
(zoom in to get a nice look)

On the other side of the field is "Schoolmaster Hill", where Ralph Waldo Emerson once lived before the land became a public park... The Olmsted-designed structure has long since burned down.

Edit:
Another good one, where zooming in you can see how well the roof blends into the scenery:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/olmsted_a ... 843256092/

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