The Ogden Museum of Southern Art formed the Richardson Society in 2011 to cull the interests of its greatest supporters. Named for famed 19th century architect Henry Hobson Richardson--architect of the Ogden Museum's Patrick F. Taylor Library--Richardson was a larger-than-life personality, sociable and gregarious, theatrical in appearance and manner. One of the few architects to be immortalized by having a style named after him ("Richardson Romanesque"), Richardson grew up in New Orleans in a still extant row house just a few blocks away on Julia Street. A survey in 1886 found that five of the top 10 buildings in America were designed by Richardson. Our Taylor Library is the only building designed by Richardson in all of the South still standing. We are proud of this distinction.
Richardson Society members are the cognoscenti, bon vivants, and epicures much like Richardson himself. Annual events and trips available solely to Richardson members reflect Richardson's many passions, the sentiments of his era, and of course, of the South.
Richardson Society members provide essential support for the Museum's highly successful education and curatorial activities.