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Richardsonian Romanesque Revival arched doorway with wrought iron ornament, Allegheny County Jail, Pittsburgh, PA.

Architect Henry Hobson Richardson developed his Victorian era take on the 11th and 12th century Romanesque architecture of southern France, Spain and Italy in the 1870s. He worked in the style until his death in 1886 and others continued using it across the nation into the early 20th century. One of his most famous commissions was the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail, completed in 1884.

Homes in the style were popular with the “Captains of Industry” in the Midwest and tend to be large and built of brick or stone, often with carved or cast terra cotta ornament. Broad arches are a characteristic feature of the style, as are round or square towers.

Romanesque Revival is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated with hundreds of color photos in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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