The Richardson Center Corporation (RCC) is searching for development partners with a shared vision for the future of the Richardson Olmsted Campus.
The Richardson Center Corporation (RCC) is searching for development partners with a shared vision for the future of the Richardson Olmsted Campus.
Donate today to join the Richardson Renaissance
Donate today to join the Richardson Renaissance
Historical tours are offered May through September. Join our e-list to get first notice when tickets become available!
Historical tours are offered May through September. Join our e-list to get first notice when tickets become available!
Call (716) 249-3874 for an exploratory look at the past, present, and future of the Richardson Olmsted Campus!
Call (716) 249-3874 for an exploratory look at the past, present, and future of the Richardson Olmsted Campus!

    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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    • Buffalo asylum now Hotel Henry

      Sunday, October 15, 2017 | Wayne Newton, Special to Postmedia Network

      The stately home for the mentally ill sat vacant for 40 years before becoming a respectful curiosity.

    • Photography Contest: Enduring Views of the Richardson Olmsted Campus

      Thursday, October 12, 2017 | Richardson Olmsted Campus / CEPA Gallery

      Photographers are invited to enter the 2017 CEPA Gallery/Richardson Olmsted Campus Photography Contest: "Enduring Views: The Richardson Olmsted Campus."

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