State and Foundations Provide Funding
In 2006, after years of pressure from preservationists, prominent Buffalonians, and elected officials, then-Governor George Pataki pledged $100 million in state funds to rehabilitate the Richardson Olmsted Complex. About $24.5 million of the funding was used to complete the new Burchfield Penney Art Center, which shares part of the original campus with the Complex, and the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion at the Darwin Martin House Complex. The remaining $76.5 million has funded important activities to prevent further deterioration of the Complex and to ready it for reuse.
The Richardson Center Corporation is now undertaking the renovation as the developer of this first phase of development to create a hotel and conference center and an architecture center. The $69 million construction project is funded with $54 million in state support and leveraged $16 million in state and federal Historic Tax Credits. The Richardson Center Corporation’s investor for the historic tax credits is M&T Bank. In addition, Empire State Development provided grants for the preconstruction, stabilization and re-greening activities.
Generous support for Richardson Olmsted Complex has been provided by the John R. Oishei Foundation, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, the Western New York Foundation, and the First Niagara Foundation.
Visit our donation page to contribute in any amount to the success of the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Your donation will further support operating costs not covered by state funding.