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.
John Thomas Midgette
Deborah Berke Partners
Design Architect, Interior Designer
Flynn Battaglia Architects
Historic Preservation Architect
Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
Buffalo Engineering, P.C. with R.P. Morrow Associates, P.C.
Watts Architecture & Engineering, P.C.
Kugler Ning Lighting
Fredrick Law Olmstead
Original Landscape Architect
AIA New York
National Preservation Award
Award of Merit
SARA National Design
Excellence in Historic Preservation Award
Preservation League of New York State
Citation for Design
AIA New York State
Architecture Design Award