posted on November 08, 2013 13:17
The former Richmond Mansion of Batavia will now be recognized with a historical marker.
Built in the 1830s by Colonel William Davis and enlarged by Dean and Mary Richmond in the 1850s, it stood in the parking lot that now serves St. Joseph’s Church and the Richmond Memorial Library. It was also the location of the Children's Home.
City of Batavia Historian Larry Barnes says Dean Richmond amassed a fortune in Great Lakes shipping and was instrumental in bringing the State School for the Blind to Batavia. It was a grand structure, Barnes says, but it obviously isn’t there anymore.
“It was torn down in 1970 and became the property of the school district,” Barnes said. “The school district had proposed to build a replacement library on that location; that was rejected by voters. After a loud debate of what to do with the building, they tore it down. Four years later it was sold to St. Joseph’s for a parking lot.”
The marker is placed at the foot of the walkway between the parking lot and the Library. It was funded by a $1,050 grant to the City from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation of Syracuse.
Pictured: Barnes and the great-great-grandson of Dean and Mary Richmond, Harold Richmond III, of New Jersey