Richard Morris Hunt was one of the most important architects in American history. His talent and vision brought respect to his profession in the mid 19th century and helped to craft the seductive style of the Gilded Age.
So why are there so few examples of his extraordinary work still standing in New York City today?
But Hunt was more than just pretty palaces.
He championed the profession of the architect in a period when Americans were more likely to associate the job with construction or carpentry. Hunt brought artistry to the fore and trained the first official class of American architects from his atelier at the Tenth Street Studio in Greenwich Village.
He promoted certain European styles of design — collectively known as the Beaux-Arts architecture — to growing wealthy class of Americans who wished to emulate the grand and regal lifestyles of French aristocracy.
His legacy includes prominent organizations promoting both the field of architecture and the need for effective urban design. Along the way he built hospitals, libraries, newspaper offices, artist studios, churches and even the first American apartment building.
Join us for this look at a true arbiter of American architecture.
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BUILDINGS AND OTHER CREATIONS MENTIONED ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW
Pavilion de la Bibliothèque Imperiale, the Louvre, Paris
The U.S. Capitol Building in 1855, before the wooden dome was removed.
The Thomas Rossiter House
Tenth Street Studio, Greenwich Village
The New York Tribune Building
The Vanderbilt’s Petit Chateau on Fifth Avenue
The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty
The Breakers, Newport RI
The Biltmore, Asheville NC
Metropolitan Museum Entrance Hall
Richard Morris Hunt / Paul R. Baker
The Architectural Heritage of Newport Rhode Island / Antoinette F. Downing and Vincent J. Scully Jr.
Richard Morris Hunt: A Sketch of His Life and Adventures / Lloyd J. Farrar
The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home / Denise Kiernan
The Architecture of Richard Morris Hunt / Edited by Susan R. Stein
The Art Story: Richard Morris Hunt
After listening to this week’s episode on Richard Morris Hunt, dive back into past episodes which intersect with his story.
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