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Richard Morris Hunt

Amidst a quite weathered 1898 semicircular exedra portico of neo-Renaissance style sits the bust of Richard Morris Hunt, an American architect of great prominence whose defining signature emulated the French Beaux-Arts style and who created some of the finest private residencies and mansions in the US.
Hunt was, according to design critic Paul Goldberger writing in The New York Times, "American architecture's first, and in many ways its greatest, statesman." Aside from Hunt's sculpting of the face of New York City, including designs for the facade and Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and many Fifth Avenue mansions lost to the wrecking ball, Hunt founded both the American Institute of Architects and the Municipal Art Society.
Hunt became the first American to attend the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Hunt's mentor Lefuel later permitted him to supervise work on the Louvre museum, which Lefuel and Louis Visconti were renovating for Napoleon III.


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