Richardson Plan
Richardson House plan, drawing by Gene Carpenter
The Richardson House is constructed largely of "tabby," a concrete-like mixture of lime, oyster shells and sand. The exterior is finished with a honey colored stucco that was scored to resemble ashlar stone blocks.

The house has several remarkable innovations, including an elaborate plumbing system with running water, water closets, cisterns and baths. It was one of the most sophisticated domestic sanitary systems in 19th century America.

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