Buffalo Architecture Center will open at the Richardson Olmsted Complex in Fall, 2017 - an Executive Director is needed! (Photo Credit: Brian Faix)
Buffalo Architecture Center will open at the Richardson Olmsted Complex in Fall, 2017 - an Executive Director is needed! (Photo Credit: Brian Faix)
Tour Tickets On Sale Now! (Photo Credit: Tom Johnston & Karen Streech)
Tour Tickets On Sale Now! (Photo Credit: 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)

    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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    • RFQ: Redevelopment Consultant for the Richardson Olmsted Complex

      Thursday, June 23, 2016

      The Richardson Center Corporation (RCC) seeks a Redevelopment Consultant for future phases of the Richardson Olmsted Complex redevelopment, a National Historic Landmark in Buffalo, NY.  

    • Buffalo Architecture Center Executive Director Search Underway

      Thursday, June 2, 2016

      The Buffalo Architecture Center, a new nonprofit cultural institution in the City of Buffalo, has an exciting new opportunity as it looks to find an Executive Director. The Center engages the public in Buffalo’s architecture, landscape design, and urban planning, and their role inmore

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