Richardson Olmsted Complex, Buffalo

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The Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo, New York, United States was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. The site was designed by the American architect, Henry Hobson Richardson, in concert with the famed landscape team of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the late 1800s, incorporating a system of enlightened treatment for people with mental illness developed by Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride. 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.ArchitectureThe large Medina red sandstone and brick hospital buildings were designed in 1870 in the Kirkbride Plan by architect Henry Hobson Richardson with grounds by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The complex consists of a central administrative tower and five pavilions or wards progressively set back on each side, for eleven buildings total, all connected by short curved two-story corridors. Patients were segregated by sex, males on the east side, females on the west. The wards housed patients until the mid-1970s. The central administration building was used for offices until 1994. In 1973, the Asylum was added to the National Register of Historic Places and in 1986, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.
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  • We arrived a bit late in the evening, after visiting the Niagara falls, so we weren't able to see the whole campus. We caught a couple of highlights like the great architecture of the building, the be...  more »
  • This was a much anticipated Buffalo history tour for us. The restoration of the main building is a welcome achievement and touring the remains of the rest of the sprawling complex was a great opportun...  more »
  • this building is amazing. There's still a lot of work to be done; the Hotel Henry is a great start and the Architecture Center coming next year will be a great addition. Go see it now before it gets t...  more »
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  • What is this place? It is hotel made from old crazy people home. Hallways bigger than rooms, and very confusing because NO SIGNS to tell you where you go. Also everywhere is smell like moldy socks or fungus noodles. This place not very good with RUDE STAFF. Spend your 200 dollars American elsewhere!
  • Awesome and iconic building with unique features preserved along with a new fresh look.....spent almost a year a half here re-modling for a new hotel. Great experience. Hope they do more eventually.
  • Had the pleasure of visiting last night for a BBO and Light Show. WOW what a night, a true triumph for Buffalo.. So proud to be a Buffalonian
  • Mount massive asylum from Outlast xdd
  • Saw a big fat dude at the main entrance and he threw me. This place is too much.+

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