Private, group, and student tours can be arranged to suit your schedule! (Photo Credit: Docents Tom Johnston & Karen Streech)
Private, group, and student tours can be arranged to suit your schedule! (Photo Credit: Docents Tom Johnston & Karen Streech)
Call in for an exploratory look at the past, present, and future of the Richardson Olmsted Complex! (Image Credit: Kellie Powell)
Call in for an exploratory look at the past, present, and future of the Richardson Olmsted Complex! (Image Credit: Kellie Powell)
The North Entry will transform this brick addition – your input improved the final design (on right)! (Photo Credit: Deborah Berke Partners)
The North Entry will transform this brick addition – your input improved the final design (on right)! (Photo Credit: Deborah Berke Partners)

    Rebirth of a Buffalo Architectural Treasure

    One of Buffalo’s most iconic buildings and a National Historic Landmark, the 140-year-old Richardson Olmsted Complex, 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 Complex is being transformed into a cultural amenity for the city, beginning with Hotel Henry Urban Resort and Conference Center and the 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 Complex.  

     

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    • Richardson Tour Dates Added!

      Tuesday, July 19, 2016

      Experience the rebirth of the Richardson Olmsted Complex firsthand!

    • A Rediscovered Music Room

      Tuesday, July 12, 2016

      Music rooms and parlors were common throughout the Richardson Olmsted Complex for patients' use. But where was this photo taken?

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