Richardson Romanesque

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Only a handful of architects have ever had an architectural style named after them. H.H.  Richardson is one of them, and Richardson Romanesque is an extension of the Romanesque Revival Style. Typical features include stone construction of mass and scale, as well as short towers. The Old York Post Office actually incorporates some Richardson Romanesque Features, as does St. Patrick’s Church.

When towers, turrets, and battlements are added to a Richardson Romanesque Structure, it becomes Neo-Norman, a unique and rare style that emulates castles of the Norman Period (the English equivalent of Romanesque). Characteristics of this style include a castle-like appearance, stone construction, and battlements or crenellations on the roof. York’s prime example of this is the Gethesamane Hall Building on Beaver Street.

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