Richard Power was born in Lismore, Ireland. He arrived in Halifax in 1864 with limited gardener experience yet eager to succeed. In 1872, Power was hired to expand the Halifax Common into an elaborate urban park. During his 45 year tenure, he was the horticulturist mastermind behind the Halifax Public Gardens. This residence for the garden superintendent was given a Queen Anne Revival design by architect James Dumaresq. Richard Power lived here from 1903 when it was finished until his death in 1934. Today, it is the Power House Youth Centre.