BATAVIA – A second of the city’s stately, long-gone mansions will be remembered with a ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at the site of 19th century railroad and shipping magnate Dean Richmond’s home and block-long gardens.
Richmond’s great-great-grandson, Harold Richmond III of New Jersey, will be a featured guest as a marker is unveiled in a parking lot of St. Joseph’s Church at East Main and Ross streets, where the elegant column-framed mansion once stood.
Richmond, who helped found the New York Central Railroad and was chairman of the state’s Democratic Party, ran his Great Lakes shipping business from Buffalo but resided here until his death in 1866. The Richmond family continued to live in the mansion until 1928. It later became a home for children and was demolished in 1970. Only a wrought-iron fence remains.
Earlier this year, a plaque was placed at the site of Trumbull Cary’s 1820s Greek-porticoed home nearby. Cary founded the area’s first bank, which initially operated from a wing of his house.