Richard Morris Hunt sits on the cusp of the American Gilded Age as one of its central architects. Although originally from the United States, Hunt grew up in Europe and was the first born-American to be educated at the École des Beaux-Arts, the pre-eminent school of architecture in the world in the mid-nineteenth century. When he returned to America, he was recognized as a bearer of European architectural knowledge and traditions, and his circle of wealthy clients quickly grew just as America was emerging from the Civil War as a growing world economic power. He worked and summered in Newport frequently and became the architect for many of the Vanderbilt family’s epic constructions, both in Newport and around the country. This course offering will have a lecture component for the first class and then a walking tour of some of his architectural works in the Catherine Kay neighborhood for the second class. It will be a great chance to get to know one of the American architectural giants of the 19th century through some of his many Newport projects.
Ross Cann, R.A., A.I.A. is an author, historian and founding principal of A4 Architecture in Newport, Rhode Island. He holds architectural history and design degrees from Columbia, Cambridge and Yale Universities, where he studied with Vincent Scully and Robert A.M. Stern among many others. He has taught at numerous institutions, including the Salve Regina Circle of Scholars program, for more than twenty years.