Richmond Hill was near Charlton & Varick streets. The house on Richmond Hill was the home of Aaron Burr from 1794; it was bought by John Jacob Astor in 1803. Astor lived elsewhere during at least some of the years following, since he leased the house out at times. The hill was cut down in 1820, but the house preserved by being moved and it the 1820s it was a public garden and resort.
1820: NOTICE. The public is respectfully informed that the house of Richmond Hill, owned by J. J. Astor, Esq. which was advertised to be removed on Wednesday last [December 20], was postponed on that day in consequence of some evil disposed person having put obstructions on the ways; but on the following day it was actually removed a distance of 55 feet in 45 minutes, with chimnies standing and without the slightest injury to the house or fixtures. The building is 60 by 50 feet, built of brick and planked over, and containing about 130,000 brick.
The subscriber will undertake to remove, raise, or lower stone, brick or frame buildings, with chimnies standing, without injury and without occasioning families to remove out of the same.
Refer to Geo. Janeway, Wm. Jackson, and Wm. B. Astor, Esqrs. SIMEON BROWN
N-Y D Advertiser, December 25, 1820, p. 3, col. 1
George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998.