Richardson Olmsted Campus Buffalo, NY

We are the Design Architect for the transformation of the landmarked Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo into a new 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.

The design of the entire project has been guided by a deep respect for the historic architecture and a desire to create a thoroughly modern travel and cultural experience. We redesigned North-side entry as a beacon, with a sculptural glass entry way to emphasize the project’s balance of the historic and modern.

The complex opened as Hotel Henry, Urban Resort Conference Center.

H. H. Richardson – original architect
Frederick Law Olmsted – original landscape architect
Completed 2017

Key People
, Project Lead
, Project Manager

Collaborating Firms
Deborah Berke Partners – Design Architect and 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

AIA Buffalo/WNY Architecture Design Award, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 2017 New York State Historic Preservation Award, and Interior Design Best of Year Award – Hotel Transformation.

Published in Surface, June 2017, Architectural Record and Metropolis in September 2017, Hospitality Design, December 2017, and Interior Design, January 2018.

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