Auchmuty, Richard Tylden was born on July 15, 1831 in New York City. Son of Richard Tylden and Mary (Allen) Auchmuty.
Attended Columbia, 1847-1849. Studied architecture with James Renwick, New York City, circa 1852.
Became partner (with James Renwick) in architectural firm, circa 1856. Commissioned captain 5th corpus, United States army, 1861. Served at Battle of Gettysburg, 1863, brevetted colonel.
Helped prepare defenses of Washington, District of Columbia against Early’s expedition, 1864. Returned to practice of architecture, New York City, after Civil War. Active in affairs of Lenox, Massachusetts (where he owned summer home), from circa 1866.
Founded New York Trade School (for young men to learn trades without spending excessive apprenticeship terms), 1881, maintained school until 1892, when endowment received from J.P. Morgan. Active in Trinity (Episcopal) Church, New York City, served as vestryman.