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The home pictured in this photo is a Richardsonian Romanesque (c.1885-c.1905) located in Fort Wayne IN. I took an architecture class which grew my awareness of many historical homes in Fort Wayne, and I have enjoyed using them in my artwork ever since. Here is a little history on this particular home that I found on an architectural style website for FW...
Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson (1836-86) developed this style in the 1870s, combining the heavy masonry and prominent arches of Romanesque Revival architecture with features borrowed from many sources, including late Gothic Revival, Syrian, and Queen Anne. After his death, interest in the style increased with the majority of houses and buildings in the style built from 1887 to 1900. Richardsonian Romanesque buildings are always masonry and usually have at least some rough-faced stonework, often with contrasting colors creating decorative patterns. Wide, rounded arches supported by short, squat columns are characteristic of the style. Round towers with conical roofs are common, usually with arcaded windows near the top. Interlacing floral designs are the most common decorative details. Because of the monumental nature of the style, examples were never common.
June 4th, 2013
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