Glessner House is recognized today as a masterpiece of urban architecture by Henry Hobson Richardson. Few people realize, however, that Richardson was not the Glessners’ first choice of architect – or even their second or third. 

This illustrated talk by architectural historian Justin Miller will explore projects by the three firms the Glessners ultimately rejected; and will attempt, through letters, journals and other firsthand sources, to reveal the selection process that led the Glessners to Richardson.