Call in for an exploratory look at the past, present, and future of the Richardson Olmsted Campus! (Image Credit: Kellie Powell)
Call in for an exploratory look at the past, present, and future of the Richardson Olmsted Campus! (Image Credit: Kellie Powell)
Learn about the 145 years of history at the Richardson Olmsted Campus.
Learn about the 145 years of history at 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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    • Property Management and Landlord Agent RFQ

      Monday, July 10, 2017

      The Richardson Center Corporation seeks a Property Manager for the undeveloped buildings & grounds and a Landlord Agent to assist with Tenant / Landlord relations at the Richardson Olmsted Campus. 

    • Buffalo’s past glory lives on in its architecture

      Sunday, July 9, 2017 | Alex Bozikovic, Globe and Mail

      From Frank Lloyd Wright’s splendid Martin House to one of North America’s finest collections of modern art to its Art Deco City Hall, there’s much more to Buffalo than chicken wings. 

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