Richardson Olmsted Campus —an historic masterpiece revived into a one-of-a-kind hotel and conference center

Buffalo, NY
Type: Hotels / Adaptive Reuse
Theme: Transforming Old Buildings

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.

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Key People

Stephen Brockman
Project Lead

John Thomas Midgette
Project Manager


Design Architect, Interior Designer

Flynn Battaglia Architects
Executive Architect

Goody Clancy
Historic Preservation Architect

Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
Structural Engineer

Buffalo Engineering, P.C. with R.P. Morrow Associates, P.C.
MEP Engineer

Watts Architecture & Engineering, P.C.
Civil Engineer

Andropogon Associates
Landscape Architect

Kugler Ning Lighting
Lighting Designer

H.H. Richardson
Original Architect

Fredrick Law Olmsted
Original Landscape Architect


Architecture Award
AIA National

Interior Architecture Award
AIA National

Honor Award
AIA New York

Excelsior Award

National Preservation Award
Driehaus Foundation

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
AIA Buffalo/WNY

Historic Preservation Award
New York State

Best of Year Award
Interior Design

June 2017

Architectural Record
September 2017

September 2017

Hospitality Design
December 2017

Interior Design
January 2018

Context & Drawings