Happy Birthday Henry Hobson Richardson!! American born Henry H. Richardson was a very productive architect during his short career of 21 years. He was born in 1838 on a plantation in Louisiana. He was only the second American to train at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, in Paris. He is responsible for the architectural style known as Richardsonian Romanesque. The features of this style include eyebrow windows, short squat column clusters, rounded arches and dormers; his inspiration derived from medieval influences. The New York State Asylum in Buffalo was his largest commission and the first great example of some of the features for which he is known.