Richardson, H. H.
- Jeffrey Karl Ochsner
Richardson, H. H. (29 September 1838–27 April 1886), architect, was born Henry Hobson Richardson at Priestley Plantation in St. James Parish, Louisiana, the son of Henry Dickenson Richardson, a cotton merchant, and Catherine Caroline Priestley. He was raised on the Priestley Plantation and in New Orleans. Although he had hoped to attend West Point, he failed to qualify due to a speech impediment. After a year at the University of Louisiana, he entered Harvard College in February 1856, joining the class of 1859. As a student Richardson was unexceptional, but the friendships he made during his Harvard years endured throughout his life and proved critical to his professional success. After graduation he traveled to Europe and after several months of preparation was accepted as a student at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in November 1860. After his family’s support was cut off by the outbreak of the American Civil War, he found employment as a draftsman in the offices of Theodore Labrouste and J. I. Hittorf and could pursue his studies only intermittently thereafter....