Buffalo’s Urban Resort
Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center makes innovative new use of one of Western New York’s most iconic architectural landmarks. Widely considered to be one of Buffalo’s most important and beautiful buildings, construction on the 145-year-old Richardson Olmsted Campus began in 1872 and opened in 1880 as the state-of-the-art Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. Henry Hobson Richardson, who is one of “The Recognized Trinity of American Architecture,” constructed this Richardson Romanesque-style campus of buildings more than 145 years ago alongside Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride, developer of the Kirkbride Plan to improve medical care for mental health patients. America’s landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York City, as well as Buffalo’s beautiful park system, designed the grounds and gardens throughout the campus alongside Calvert Vaux.
The Richardson Olmsted Campus is recognized as a National Historic Landmark, a nationally significant historic place, designated by the Secretary of the Interior, possessing exceptional value or interpreting the nation’s heritage. For decades, countless citizens and constituencies have invested in saving these historically and culturally important structures. From individual grassroots preservationists to organized boards and New York State allocations, an immense collaborative effort led to the establishment of the Richardson Center Corporation. Since its formation, the Richardson Center Corporation has completed essential planning reports, stabilized the buildings, re-landscaped the South Lawn, and searched for new uses and leaseholders to help fund rehabilitation of the campus.
NEW LIFE AS AN ASSET FOR WESTERN NEW YORK
Now, with generous funding from CityInn Buffalo, LLC hospitality group, New York State, and historic tax credits, Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center is proud to open a new chapter for the campus and surrounding neighborhoods. Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center is proud to be the first phase and 1/3 of the redevelopment of the Richardson Olmsted Campus, bringing new life and meaning to the National Historic Landmark. As a successful first leaseholder within the Richardson Olmsted Campus, Hotel Henry is paving the way for more leasing interest and the rehabilitation of the rest of the campus.