John Jacob Glessner appears to have been the only person outside Henry Hobson Richardson's circle of friends and employees to have written a detailed account of his experiences visiting the architect's home and office in Brookline, Mass. Glessner's account documents the interrelationship between house and work spaces in Richardson's career and details the ways in which Richardson used both places to urge his client to accept his ideas for a proposed residence in Chicago. Richardson died believing he had convinced Glessner of the rightness of all of his proposals. Glessner's second thoughts, however, resulted in one serious deviation from the architect's intentions.

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