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Address: 444 Forest Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213-1209
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One of Buffalo's most iconic buildings and a National Historic Landmark,...

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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Past, Present, & Future of an Iconic Landmark

Comprehensive tours featuring history, architecture, public health. Engaging docent staff, historic setting, pleasant park, adjacent to two art galleries, public parks, and... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2016
thomasjohnston123
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Buffalo, New York
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Buffalo, New York
2 reviews
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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Buffalo, New York
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7 attraction reviews
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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 access to this building for the first time for the public.

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1 Thank grannyem
RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Manager at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this review

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 2017. We're also looking forward to next season's public tour schedule, which will take visitors... More 

East Amherst, New York
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Very informative and interesting tour. Beautiful architecture and grounds with explanations such as why the bldg is at a slight angle and the "staircase that goes nowhere" Love that they let u go through the actual construction sites as well as seeing the old untouched parts and the renovation! And, to go up into the towers-wow! I love that we... More 

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RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Manager at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this review

Hi Laura! Thanks so much for visiting and reviewing your experience of the Richardson Olmsted Complex. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time on-site -- and learned a lot about the building's history! -- and I'll be sure to pass your kind words along to John and Katelyn! Thank you so much for joining us on-site! More 

West Seneca, NY
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

We took a tour of the Richardson complex with our family and friends. Tom, Paul and Caitlin gave an excellent tour! Tom did most of the speaking and was so interesting and spoke so well about the history of the building. It was so nice to have Paul on the tour because he worked there for so many years when... More 

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2 Thank mkirchmyer
RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Manager at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting and reviewing your experience of the Richardson Olmsted Complex. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time on-site -- I'll pass your kind words along to our tour team! More 

Eggertsville, New York
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

I took my fourth tour of the Richardson Olmsted Complex last Sunday (coincidentally, the date coincided with the date on the cornerstone of the building: September 18!). I keep taking the tour to see the progress being made, and also to learn more about its history, landscape, purpose, etc. It's an amazing building and campus - if you have the... More 

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RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Manager at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting and reviewing your experience of the Richardson Olmsted Complex! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time on-site and I'll certainly pass your kind words along to John Z. and the rest of the tour team. We love Buffalo's architectural heritage, too! Looking forward to welcoming you back on-site in the coming years as... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

The indepth tour takes you everywhere in this wonderful old building that used to be a psychiatric hospital. Once the Hotel Henry takes over yu won't see it in this state.

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RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Coordinator at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this review

Hi Rochelle! Thanks so much for visiting and reviewing your experience of the Richardson Olmsted Complex. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time on-site and I'm happy to report that we'll be continuing our historical tours even after Hotel Henry opens with a focus on different, still-untouched spaces. So definitely come back next year for a whole new... More 

London, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Sadly there were no tours available during my last visit to Buffalo. But I am looking forward to my next visit and booking in advance. This building is simply breathtaking. I walked all around taking pictures and trying to peek through broken windows. I don't know how much of it will become a hotel, but it is really vast and... More 

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RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Coordinator at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting the Richardson Olmsted Complex and reviewing your visit! I'm sorry to hear you weren't able to take a tour -- next time give us a call and we'll see what's available at the last minute. Also, I hope you were able to listen to our free audio tour, which is a great way to... More 

Fort Myers, Florida
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242 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

This is a former mental institution and is very gothic. The place is huge and is under construction to make it into a boutique hotel. You can take tours of the building.

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RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Coordinator at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting the Richardson Olmsted Complex and reviewing your visit! I hope you'll be able to join us when construction is done next year to see the finished hotel. Thanks again for stopping by! More 

Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

There is an audio tour that you can listen to on your cell phone as you walk around the building, it offers some interesting tidbits. The building was under some construction for renovations when we visited, so I would love to see the inside when they reopen.

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RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Coordinator at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting the Richardson Olmsted Complex and reviewing your visit! I'm so glad you were able to enjoy our free audio tour of the site; it's a great way to walk around and explore at your own pace. I definitely hope you'll be able to come back and visit again (inside even!) when construction is done... More 

Nuremberg, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 August 2016

I visited the Richardson Olmsted Complex while visiting from Florida. I was completely in awe of the building and the story that goes along with it. You can really feel the history there -- some parts are still untouched. The tour was filled with interesting facts and stories about the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Seeing it go through a transformation from... More 

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RichardsonCtr, Visitor Services Coordinator at Richardson Olmsted Campus, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting the Richardson Olmsted Complex and reviewing your visit! It's always great to have visitors from afar come see what we're up to at the Complex and I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed your time on-site. I hope you'll be able to come back and visit again when construction is done next year! More 

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