Name and Branding of Hotel, Conference Center and Culinary Experience at Richardson Olmsted Complex Unveiled
Monday, November 17, 2014
The Mansion Group announced today that “Hotel Henry, Urban Resort Conference Center,” is the official name of the hotel, conference center, special events and urban resort being built as the cornerstone development of the Richardson Olmsted Complex. The culinary experience at the new urban resort was also announced, and will be called “100 Acres, The Kitchens at Hotel Henry.”
The former Buffalo State Hospital is undergoing rehabilitation by the Richardson Center Corporation and adaptively reused as a hospitality venue and cultural amenity for the city. The 140-year-old National Historic Landmark is widely considered to be one of Buffalo’s most important and beautiful buildings and recognized as a remarkable achievement of three geniuses: the great American architect Henry Hobson Richardson; Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape design, and Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride, innovative psychiatrist and father of the American Psychiatric Association.
The hotel, the event and conference spaces, as well as a Buffalo Architecture Center, are all expected to open in fall 2016. All three venues will jointly occupy the iconic Towers Building and its two flanking structures. The Richardson Center Corporation is undertaking the renovation as the developer of this first phase, using funds appropriated by the State of New York and historic tax credits. The design team is comprised of executive architect Flynn Battaglia Architects of Buffalo and design architect Deborah Berke Partners of New York. Additional members of the team include Boston-based historic preservation firm Goody Clancy; Andropogon Associates, a Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm; and LP Ciminelli, a construction management firm from Buffalo.
The Mansion Group, creators of the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Mansion on Delaware Avenue, will lease and operate the hotel and event and conference center. The Mansion Group is committed to restoring unproductive and tattered historical structures into meaningful community assets; delivering superior guest service in architecturally spectacular settings filled with contemporary décor and design, and innovative technology.
“’Hotel Henry’ is a contemporary name that references architectural legacy and a modern experience. It is cosmopolitan, and signals a freshness in this historic building. It is both classic and contemporary, without being ironic. It is handsome but soft, affirmative but welcoming,” said The Mansion Group Partner Diana Principe. The name “Hotel Henry” is a direct nod to the building’s architect, “H.H.” Richardson; honoring the past, while embracing the future.
Hotel Henry is an original-concept hotel and urban resort conference center that marries innovative, modern design with a historic landmark complex. In total, the hotel will contain 88 guest rooms, and will uphold the architectural integrity of the building in combination with 21st century elements and technology to appeal to the modern conference attendee and leisure traveler.
In addition to drawing in travelers and conference-goers from outside of the Western New York region, the hotel and conference center will be a source of accessibility to the Richardson Olmsted Complex to locals and the greater
To learn more about Hotel Henry, visit www.HotelHenry.com.