Julia Richardson's father, Dr. John Cole Hayden is thought to have financed it's construction. Dr. Hayden wrote to his wife after a visit to Staten Island commenting on the handsomeness of the house. He also praised it for having modern conveniences. Richardson had gas piping built into the house even though gas was not available until after the house was completed. Richardson and his family lived here until moving to Brookline, MA in 1874.
The house has passed through many hands since then. It now contains doctor offices as part of a complex with the house next door. At one time the house had been covered with stucco. At my first visit here in April 1995 I wrote in my notes, "No stucco!! (good news) Colors!! (bad news)" The stucco has been replaced by clapboards, as it had originally, but the house was not white when Richardson lived here. The roof shingles were painted a bright Chinese red. The pictures on this page, taken in November 1999, show a darker red shingling. The house next door still has the earlier red. It's much faded but not evident in these pictures.
The interior has changed so much over the years that there is no original detail remaining. The area at the front of the house, next to the present porch, was originally the front porch before being enclosed. The front door was approached from that side. The low shed-like structure at the side is not part of the original house.