Richardson Olmsted Campus, Buffalo, NY

This project revives an architectural masterpiece—the long-abandoned former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane—into a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel conference and event center, and Buffalo Architecture center. The 140-year-old former state hospital facility, originally designed by H.H. Richardson with a landscape design by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, was registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1986 and is regarded as one of architecture’s great 19th century treasures.

A new glass entry pavilion reorients the building toward the restored Olmsted landscape. The monumental scale of the building was preserved, including the generous, light-filled corridors. Tiny former patient rooms were combined to create modern guest rooms. One of Buffalo’s architectural treasures with a complex history has been reinvented for public use.

The complex opened as Hotel Henry, Urban Resort Conference Center.

Completed 2017

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Key People
Stephen Brockman, Project Lead
John Midgette, Project Manager

H. H. Richardson – original architect
Frederick Law Olmsted – original landscape architect

Collaborating Firms
Deborah Berke Partners – Design Architect and Interior Designer
Flynn Battaglia Architects – Executive Architect
Goody Clancy – Historic Preservation Architect
Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger – Structural Engineer
Buffalo Engineering, P.C. with R.P. Morrow Associates, P.C. – MEP Engineer
Watts Architecture & Engineering, P.C. – Civil Engineer
Andropogon Associates – Landscape Architect
Kugler Ning Lighting – Lighting Designer

Recognition
AIANYS Excelsior Award, Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award, SARA National Design Award of Merit, Preservation League of New York State Excellence in Historic Preservation Award, AIA Buffalo/WNY Architecture Design Award, New York State Historic Preservation Award, and Interior Design Best of Year Award.

Published in Surface, June 2017, Architectural Record and Metropolis in September 2017, Hospitality Design, December 2017, and Interior Design, January 2018.