Made popular by American architect Henry Hobson Richardson in the last quarter of the 19th century, the Richardsonian Romanesque found its way into to civic, commercial, residential, and ecclesiastical designs nationwide. Most frequently, churches and county courthouses used the style. The Salt Lake City & County Building is the state’s finest example of the style.
Richardsonian Romanesque buildings, like those of the Romanesque Revival, use a semicircular arch motif for windows, entry porches, and doors. However, this style finds expression in all-stone masonry buildings with rock-faced stonework.
--buildings of substantial weight and mass
--rock-faced, coursed stone masonry
--towers topped with hip knobs and/or finials
--segmental arched entries
--rock-faced stone piers with foliated capitals
--columns with smooth shafts and ornamentally foliated capitals
--semicircular arches used in windows, doors, and porches
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