Happy Birthday Richard Morris Hunt!! American architect, born today in 1827, Hunt was the first American architect to study architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He founded American Institute of Architects. Hunt was a renowned statesman as well, creating the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty and the facade of the Metropolital Museum of Art and many other prominent buildings and homes in New York City. He designed the Biltmore Estate, N. Carolina, the largest private mansion in America. The All Souls Episcopal Cathedral (Asheville, North Carolina) is one of the last works designed by Richard Morris Hunt.