Did a New Yorker Really Build a House Purely Out of Spite?
In 1882 Joseph Richardson owned a 5-by-102-foot parcel of land at the northwest corner of 82nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Two businessmen offered him $1,000 for it. He spurned the offer and built a four-story house (two houses, really) with specially designed furniture. Richardson and his wife lived there until his death in 1897. After Richardson's death, his daughter and her stepmother battledo ver the house. It was torn down in 1915.