Hotel Henry Opening April 30th!
Hotel Henry Opening April 30th!
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Donate today to join the Richardson Renaissance
Call in for an exploratory look at the past, present, and future of the Richardson Olmsted Complex! (Image Credit: Kellie Powell)
Call in for an exploratory look at the past, present, and future of the Richardson Olmsted Complex! (Image Credit: Kellie Powell)

    Rebirth of a Buffalo Architectural Treasure

    One of Buffalo’s most iconic buildings and a National Historic Landmark, the 145-year-old Richardson Olmsted Campus, is being renewed after years of neglect. Designed by one of America's premier architects, Henry Hobson Richardson, in concert with the famed landscape team of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the building was completed in the late 1800s as the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane.

    It incorporated a system of enlightened treatment for people with mental illness developed by Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride, in part by providing pleasing surroundings. Over the years, as mental health treatment changed and resources were diverted, the buildings and grounds began a slow deterioration.  In 2006, the Richardson Center Corporation was formed with a mandate to save the buildings and bring the Complex back to life through a State appropriation for this architectural treasure.

    Today, the Richardson Olmsted Campus is being transformed into a cultural amenity for the city, beginning with Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center and the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center in the iconic Towers Building and two flanking buildings (about one third of the Complex).  The remaining buildings have been stabilized pending future opportunities. 

    A Historic Structures Report and Cultural Landscape Report serve as guides for the rehabilitation.  At every stage of planning, the Richardson Center Corporation has used an active public process, which has helped to inform the Master Plan and all phases of redevelopment for the Richardson.  

     

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    • 2017 Tour Tickets On Sale Now!

      Thursday, April 13, 2017

      Experience the Richardson Olmsted Campus on a behind-the-scenes tour of spaces untouched since the 1970s. 

    • What's in a name? RCC announces new site name

      Monday, April 10, 2017

      The Richardson Center Corporation, nonprofit custodian of the 145-year-old National Historic Landmark, announced today that the site will now be known as the Richardson Olmsted Campus (or, “The Richardson” for short).

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