New York State Officials Celebrate Richardson Olmsted Campus Renovation
March 30, 2017
DBP Senior Partner Stephen Brockman joined New York state officials to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the first phase of redevelopment at Buffalo’s National Historic Landmark Richardson Olmsted Campus. Since 2014, Deborah Berke Partners has been working as design architect and interior architect for this project, transforming the long-abandoned architectural masterpiece into the Hotel Henry. This new boutique hotel celebrates the history and architecture of the monumental structure designed by Henry Hobson Richardson.
Originally the Buffalo Asylum for the Insane, the building has grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect of New York City’s Central Park. The beautiful structure—and the vibrant new business that it now houses—contributes to the revitalization of the city and reinforces Buffalo as center of great American design.
“Today marks the beginning of a new era for the historic Richardson Olmsted Campus, an architectural gem which is starting a new life,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown. “This redevelopment created hundreds of construction jobs and more than 75 permanent jobs, in addition to creating a one-of-a-kind facility that builds on Buffalo’s past to reinforce its continuing renaissance.”
“We value old buildings: for their history, the energy and material resources that went into their initial creation, and for their power of place,” said Brockman, who has led much of DBP’s hospitality work. “We complement through contrast, retaining old fabric and adding new elements that are clearly legible and contemporary. The present is layered upon the past, enriching the places in which we build, creating something entirely new.”