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Year of Completion
Henry Hobson Richardson
Material and its Properties
The façade facing 18th Street is based on a photograph the Glessners owned of Abingdon Abbey; Richardson saw the photograph during his first visit with the Glessners and promised to make it a key inspiration for the design of their house. Throughout the exterior and interior of the house, observant visitors will find ouroboros (dragons eating their tails), acanthus leaves, and delicate G shapes.
Yan, Yu, "Glessner House" (1893). Building Case Studies. 439.