Richardsonian Romanesque

The Indiana Landmarks Center opens this coming weekend in what had been the Central Avenue Methodist Church in Indianapolis. The heavy stone arches over the front doors are a clue to us that this lovingly restored belle-of-the-ball building is Richardsonian Romanesque in style.

Henry Hobson Richardson, a Boston architect, designed buildings in the style that would come to be identified by his name. Richardsonian Romanesque buildings are either brick or stone constructions and, according to A Field Guide to American Houses, about 75 percent of the houses of this style have towers. Second tower occur in about 15 percent. The Indiana Landmarks Center boasts towers and arches, brick walls and heavy limestone details, all hallmarks of the style.

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