Installation of cabinetry, drapery, furniture, restaurant equipment and locally produced artwork remain to be completed in the National Historic Landmark, she said.
Hotel at Richardson Olmsted Complex opening soon
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | MARK SOMMER, THE BUFFALO NEWS
Workers inside the Richardson Olmsted Complex have completed the main stage of construction as they turn an architectural marvel of the past into the future Hotel Henry.
The hotel will open in less than 3 months. The progress comes after three years and $102 million, including $76.5 million in state funds. Three of the 11 buildings of the former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane – about 160,000 of 463,000 square feet on the 42-acre site – are being reused.
"What we see today is really that we have reached a major milestone of substantial completion, and are applying finishes as we look forward to an April 30 opening," said Monica Pellegrino Faix, Richardson Center Corp.'s executive director.
A new light-filled, glass entrance is ready to greet visitors on the north side of the building at 444 Forest Ave., in the Elmwood neighborhood. A curvy, twin stairwell, still under construction, and a new elevator will take visitors to the second floor hotel lobby and to restaurants.4
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