This style of architecture is named for Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson (1838–1886). The Richardsonian Romanesque style was most often used for churches, university buildings, and public structures such as city halls and courthouses, but there are also domestic examples. Most of these were built during a period of revived interest in the style inspired by the publication, in 1888, of sympathetic monograph on Richardson’s life and work.
Richardsonian Romanesque houses are always of masonry and usually have at least some rough-faced squared stonework. The key identifying feature of the style are wide, rounded Romanesque arches, which may occur over windows, porch supports, or an entrance.