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H. H. Richardson and the Ames Family - The Architecture of Scandal and Redemption

  • Glessner House Museum 1800 South Prairie Avenue Chicago, IL, 60616 United States (map)

H.H. Richardson designed thirteen projects, nine of them built, for his leading client, the Ames family of North Easton, MA. This talk will describe the industrial rise of the Ameses, their involvement in the most notorious political scandal of 19th century America, and how they turned to Richardson to help rebuild their reputation and their fortune.  Jay Wickersham will also describe the recent preservation of the Ames Shovel Works, a factory complex surrounded by five Richardson buildings, which was listed by the National Trust as one of the country's most endangered historic sites.  Wickersham, an architect and lawyer, is a partner in the Cambridge, MA law firm Noble, Wickersham & Heart. He has taught architectural history and ethics at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is the president-elect of the Boston Society of Architects.

$10 per person / $8 for members (member coupon code required)

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Earlier Event: October 1
Motor Row Walking Tour
Later Event: October 21
The Architecture of Glessner House