Richardson Olmsted Complex develops www.richardson-olmsted.com website
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Buffalo, NY – The Richardson Center Corporation (RCC), charged with rehabilitation of the Richardson Olmsted Complex (the former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane) announces the development of its website, www.richardson-olmsted.com.
The Richardson Olmsted Complex, a National Historic Landmark, is comprised of H.H. Richardson-designed buildings and Frederick Law Olmsted-designed grounds. The website is designed to inform and engage the public about the rich history of the Complex – in its day a place of innovative treatment for people with mental illness – and about progress towards stabilization and reuse. The website includes historic and contemporary photos that have not been widely seen, including photos of people using the buildings and grounds. The photographs were provided by the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, Roger Luther – www.nysasylum.com, Chuck LaChiusa and Molly Jarboe.
“We want to connect to the community through the website—our immediate neighborhood, the WNY region and architectural tourists all over the world” said Eva Hassett, Board Member of the Richardson Center Corporation. “We want to hear from you, and we want you to know what we are working on.”
Stabilization work is taking place this fall to prevent further deterioration and vandalism. Work includes structural shoring of falling brick, installation of a more extensive security and fire alarm system, and assessment and repair of roof leaks in the tower building.
Development of an Historic Structures Report is already underway; Goody Clancy and Simpson Gumpertz and Heger are leading the work, which will serve as a guide for changes made to this historic property. Planning for an Architecture and Visitor Center in the central tower building is progressing.
Reuse options for the Complex will be identified and examined in the RCC’s Master Planning process. The Master Plan process will include public input. The Master Planning consultant is expected to be chosen before the end of the year.
The RCC website was developed by Ingenious, Inc.