Richardson Olmsted Campus

Connecting with the future, through the past. Reuse. Restoration. Transformation.

H.H. Richardson, who is one of “The Recognized Trinity of American Architecture,” constructed this Richardson Romanesque-style campus of buildings more than 140 years ago. America’s landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York City, as well as Buffalo’s beautiful park system, designed the grounds and gardens throughout the campus.

Widely considered to be one of Buffalo’s most important and beautiful buildings, construction on the 145-year-old Richardson Olmsted Campus began in 1872 and opened in 1880 as the state-of-the-art Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. The Richardson Olmsted Campus is recognized as a National Historic Landmark, a nationally significant historic place, designated by the Secretary of the Interior, possessing exceptional value or interpreting the nation’s heritage.

Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center is proud to be the first phase and 1/3 of the redevelopment of the Richardson Olmsted Campus, bringing new life and meaning to the National Historic Landmark.

As we move toward the future, the restoration and reuse of this National Historic Landmark preserves the historic elements of this iconic structure, just as it transitions into the modern Hotel Henry and the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center. This work is the result of countless constituencies and individuals, including project design architect Deborah Berke, who is committed to “making old buildings relevant in today’s world.”

Alongside and intertwined with the hotel and conference center will be the Buffalo Architecture Center. Future phases of renovation and landscape improvements are continuing and will be directed by the Richardson Center Corporation.

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Flynn Battaglia Architects—Buffalo, NY
Deborah Berke Partners—New York City, NY
Goody Clancy—Boston, MA
Andropogon Associates — Philadelphia, PA
LP Ciminelli — Buffalo, NY

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