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Richardson Olmsted Campus

444 Forest Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213-1209
+1 716-601-1150
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The group leader, John , gave an excellent tour and descriptive review of this century-old... read more

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GLaSota
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Cheektowaga, New York
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HOTEL HENRY

Historic complex that has been partly refurbished into a beautiful hotel. Tours of the remains of... read more

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Crystal K
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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 yesterday via mobile

The group leader, John , gave an excellent tour and descriptive review of this century-old facility. We’ve seen the outside of the complex numerous times driving by it and always referred to it as the “insane asylum.” But now that we’ve heard the details and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic complex that has been partly refurbished into a beautiful hotel. Tours of the remains of the former psychiatric hospital also available... plans are in place to reuse this space. I've been to a lot of events at Hotel Henry since it was preserved and...More

Thank Crystal K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the 2 hour behind the scenes tour with the property's ownership and with it you get escorted access to un-restored areas and a great sense of history for Buffalo, the institution and its practices, the architecture and the landscape. You can then access...More

Thank Becky C
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

This is a very unique place and is an architectural wonder that was unused for so many years but now has become a showplace. Once an administrative building and housing for a state facility it has been turned into a hotel, restaurant and meeting venue...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018

We arrived a bit late in the evening, after visiting the Niagara falls, so we weren't able to see the whole campus. We caught a couple of highlights like the great architecture of the building, the beautiful lawns and the Hotel. Wished we had more...More

Thank KaranPais
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RichardsonCtr, Manager at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for visiting the Richardson Olmsted Campus, Karan! We're so glad you enjoyed your brief exploration at our site -- we offer guided tours May through September, so I hope you'll be able to come back and take a full tour in the spring....More

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

This was a much anticipated Buffalo history tour for us. The restoration of the main building is a welcome achievement and touring the remains of the rest of the sprawling complex was a great opportunity to learn about the history of mental health facilities in...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

this building is amazing. There's still a lot of work to be done; the Hotel Henry is a great start and the Architecture Center coming next year will be a great addition. Go see it now before it gets too developed; part of the appeal...More

1  Thank Craig W
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RichardsonCtr, Manager of Visitor Experiences at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thank you for visiting and reviewing, Craig! We're so glad you enjoyed your time on-site -- we're also very excited about future redevelopment on-site (10 buildings to go!) and how we can still offer many undeveloped spaces to visitors on our public tours. We hope...More

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

my friend and I took the walking tour of the grounds. She was able to bring up narration on her smart phone. It was very interesting. Families and dog walkers were using the well kept park like property. After that, we ventured inside the building...More

1  Thank JuneNY
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RichardsonCtr, Manager of Visitor Experiences at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Richardson Olmsted Campus! Our free cell phone audio tour is a great way to learn more about the site anytime and pairs nicely with a walk around the redeveloped spaces -- sounds like you...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

My husband and I have been watching the Richardson Olmsted Campus spring back to glory. The job has been a delightful success. Located in a beautiful part of Buffalo, this complex is sitting on 93 acres of relaxing park, designed by Olmsted, it offers first...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

I remember this place when it was still the mental hospital It's amazing how they have transformed it into a hotel.

Thank Peggy W
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