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Richardson-Olmsted Complex


Restoration work, February 2016
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400 Forest Avenue Buffalo, NY 14213


  • Richardson-Olmsted Corporation.

Physical Description

  • Medina sandstone and red brick mental hospital complex, design based on the (Kirkbride Plan), consisting of a central twin-towered administration/office building and eight connected ward buildings (remaining of the original ten).
  • Designed in HH Richardson's influential Romanesque style, based to some extent on medieval French architecture.

Current Condition

  • Undergoing extensive historically accurate renovation.
  • Brick buildings on the west side of the complex are stabilized and mothballed.
  • Central administration building and stone buildings will be converted to, among several uses, a luxury hotel (Hotel Henry).


Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • The south lawn has been restored to something like its original state as designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
  • October 2014 - Work to begin on $80 million project to renovate the complex into an 88-room boutique hotel, event and conference center and home to the Buffalo Architecture Center. Buffalo Business First
  • The Hotel Henry is scheduled to open in April 2017

Other Pertinent Facts

  • It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
  • The two easternmost wards were demolished in 1969.


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Added 2013-01-08 • Last changed 2017-02-24