Richard M. Upjohn

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Richard Michell Upjohn
Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford.jpg
Born March 7, 1828
Shaftesbury, England
Died March 3, 1903 (1903-03-04) (aged 74)
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Architect
Buildings Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut
Madison Square Presbyterian Church (1853–54), Upjohn's first design on his own

Richard Michell Upjohn, FAIA, (March 7, 1828 – March 3, 1903) was an American architect, co-founder and president of the American Institute of Architects.

Early life and career[edit]

Uphohn was born on March 7, 1828 in Shaftesbury, England and his family emigrated to the United States in 1829. He was the son of the famous architect Richard Upjohn (1802–1878) and joined his father's New York architectural firm in 1853. The earliest building that architectural scholars credit to him alone is Madison Square Presbyterian Church in New York City, built from 1853 to 1854. He became best known, much like his father, for his High Gothic Revival style of architecture. He, again like his father, was a founding member and president of the American Institute of Architects.

A number of noteworthy architects trained in his office, including Clarence Fagan True.[1]

Personal life[edit]

His son, Hobart Upjohn, practiced as a civil engineer and architect. Richard M. Upjohn died on March 3, 1903 in Brooklyn, New York. He was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, for which he and his father had done design work many years before.[2]

A number of buildings that he designed are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Four are listed as National Historic Landmarks.[3]

Works with Richard Upjohn[edit]

Works as Richard M. Upjohn[edit]

Individual projects include:


  1. ^ Christopher Gray, "Streetscapes | Clarence True: Row House Wrangler, Chuck Wagon Consultant", New York Times, 5 May 2011 (Retrieved 10 May 2011)
  2. ^ Doumato, Lamia (1984). Richard Upjohn, Richard Michell Upjohn, and the Gothic revival in America. Monticello, Illinois: Vance Bibliographies. pp. 1–9. ISBN 978-0-89028-128-4.
  3. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

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