A cornerstone celebrating 145 years at the Richardson
Friday, September 29, 2017
On a rainy day in September 1872, 800 Buffalonians and the Governor of New York State gathered in a field north of the city. The day had gone from gloomy to threatening to an outright downpour, but hundreds of attendees turned out just the same to celebrate Buffalo’s latest source of civic pride, the new Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane.
Following an intense competition between various cities and towns in Western New York, including Lockport and Batavia, Buffalo had won the bid to build the new hospital by promising a perpetual free water supply.
In a grand ceremony, the cornerstone for the building was laid on September 18, 1872. The ceremony featured a parade, military band, time capsule, lengthy speeches by various dignitaries which were later printed in the Buffalo Evening Courier and Republic, and a full Masonic ceremony performed by local Freemasons.
The Freemasons provided the cornerstone, which has become an enduring point of interest for visitors to the site who wonder at its symbols and numbers.