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Richardson Olmsted Campus

444 Forest Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213-1209
+1 716-601-1150
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Hotel Henry is lovely

Local artwork is installed all over the building. Amazing grounds to explore inside and out. Great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paula S
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A very interesting part of history. I am in the medical field and reading about its past was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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One of Buffalo's most iconic buildings and a National Historic Landmark, the 140-year-old Richardson Olmsted Complex is being renewed after years of neglect. Designed by one of America's premier architects, Henry Hobson Richardson, in concert with the famed landscape team of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the building was completed in the late 1800s as the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. Widely considered to be one of Buffalo's most important and beautiful buildings, it will be adaptively reused as a hospitality and cultural amenity for the city. We invite you to visit the newly restored grounds and sign up for our history-based tours, which explore the Richardson buildings in various states of disrepair and reuse and introduce visitors to the past, present, and future plans for this National Historic Landmark.
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444 Forest Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213-1209
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Local artwork is installed all over the building. Amazing grounds to explore inside and out. Great care and detail has been given to this historic site mixing old with new and done up right.More

Thank Paula S
RichardsonCtr, Manager of Visitor Experiences at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting, Paula! We're delighted to hear you enjoyed seeing the redevelopment of the Richardson -- hopefully, sometime soon you can join us on one of our historic tours of the site (offered May through September). You can also check out...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting part of history. I am in the medical field and reading about its past was interesting and worthy of knowing. The architect, the treatments the history of how we use to treat the mentally ill and where we are today.

Thank 474EddieH
RichardsonCtr, Manager of Visitor Experiences at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting, Eddie! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the site plus discovering more about our history as a state hospital. If you haven't already, I hope you can join us on a historical tour sometime soon!

Reviewed 24 July 2017

Took the guided tour on the first day which was very informative, with excellent tour guides. Then the photo tour on the following day in the non renovated areas was awesome! Geoffrey is an excellent and informative tour guide who has obviously done extensive research...More

Thank shoctt
RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Manager at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thank you for visiting the Richardson Olmsted Campus and reviewing your tour! We love sharing the incredible history of this Buffalo landmark on our public tours -- I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your tour with Geoffrey. Hope to see you on-site again soon!

Reviewed 17 July 2017

I have always been fascinated by the ROC. I was so excited for this tour and it did not disappoint! We were able to go into buildings and spaces not open to the public. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided pictures for us to...More

Thank LISA H
RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Manager at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thanks so much for visiting, Lisa! We're so glad you enjoyed your tour with Geoff -- we agree that the visuals from way back when are so helpful in imagining the past of the building! I hope we'll be able to see you on a...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017

Truly enjoyed a very well presented tour on the History and Patient Life in this historical Psychiatric Facility. Hotel Henry is a stellar example of the Rebirth of Buffalo as a destination as it was long ago. Beautiful blending of Contemporary design with this Architectural...More

Thank Lora029
RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Manager at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you so much for visiting the Richardson Olmsted Campus! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed our new Patient Life Tour, which offers insights into the people who lived and work at the former Buffalo State Asylum. It provides fascinating depth to the current...More

Reviewed 24 June 2017

If you are the least bit interested in history, you will love this place. Took a Saturday morning tour and enjoyed it immensely. A must see for Buffalo architecture enthusiasts!! Looking forward to going back for a photography tour.More

Thank Margaret S
RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Manager at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2017

Thank you so much for visiting the Richardson Olmsted Campus, Margaret! I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed your In Depth Tour on Saturday morning -- we love sharing the unique history and beautiful architecture of our National Historic Landmark with visitors. See you on one...More

Reviewed 2 June 2017

I visited ROC with my brother as part of a day spent being tourists in Buffalo. I had my preconceived notions about what Buffalo was as a city, and I was very wrong. I really got the sense that everyone in Buffalo knows their city...More

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RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Manager at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Thanks so much for visiting the Richardson Olmsted Campus! I'm delighted to hear you had a good time at our site and in Buffalo more generally. Our architecture (as a place and a region) is really unrivaled -- and we love showing it to visitors!...More

Reviewed 26 May 2017

Located on the grounds of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, the newly renovated Olmsted Complex was in fact the old local state psychiatric hospital, which is now located next door. It has been beautifully renovated. I have not been inside, but one can see beautiful chandeliers...More

Thank Kathleen Q
RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Manager at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Thanks so much for visiting, Kathleen! I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed our stunning architecture -- and all the hard work that's gone into the recent redevelopment of 3 of our buildings. It is quite beautiful! Next time you're on-site, I hope you'll be able...More

Reviewed 28 November 2016

Comprehensive tours featuring history, architecture, public health. Engaging docent staff, historic setting, pleasant park, adjacent to two art galleries, public parks, and eateries. New hotel, restaurants, & conference center in April 2017 will make this even more unique destination.

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Reviewed 6 November 2016

After decades of neglect, and uproar from neighbors and preservationists, millions of NY State dollars have been dedicated to this incredible example of collaboration between renowned architect Richardson and landscape architect Olmstead. A boutique hotel, The Henry, is due to open in the spring, giving...More

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RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Manager at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2016

Thanks so much for visiting and reviewing your experience of the Richardson Olmsted Complex! We're so excited to be finishing the first phase of redevelopment on-site in the next few months and launching Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center and the Buffalo Architecture Center in...More

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