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Address: 400 Forest Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14213
Phone Number: +1 716-849-4563
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Description: 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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Historical Masterpiece

Although this building can be eerie to some, but soothing to others. The architecture this grand masterpiece has to offer is amazing. It has been vacant since the 1990's and is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Although this building can be eerie to some, but soothing to others. The architecture this grand masterpiece has to offer is amazing. It has been vacant since the 1990's and is now under construction. This was once the Buffalo Insane Asylum. Plan is, to turn this once dilapidated structure into a hotel. Part of the east side of the building... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My daughter and I both thoroughly enjoyed our tour of this beautiful piece of Architecture ( HH Richardson). We can't wait to go back and visit when they are finished with the renovations and the hotel and restaurants open. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of this beautiful piece of history. They have tried to recreate the... More 

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Chciago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The old mental institute still stands here in an immensely brooding fashion. My friend and I were in awe at such a wonderfully old Gothic place. We had seen Danvers (MA) before it was fashioned into condos and we thought it was creepy, but this place has it beat. We were not able to tour inside, but that can be... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I went on a tour of this building with my mother. It was wonderful to see this incredible building in person. I cannot wait for it to come to life! The inside is actually somewhat airy and beautiful. It's full of history and not nearly as institutionalized as I assumed it would be.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Unfortunately my fiancé and I were not able to get a tour, but we did go walk the grounds and take pictures. Even just being able to walk outside and take pictures it was impressive. The place is so beautiful and HUGE! I made him promise to bring me back for a tour someday.

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East Aurora, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I visited this building on a Buffalo Preservation tour several years ago, and learned its fantastic history and that of the architect, HH Richardson. This building I slated to become a hotel, which is great, since it was in danger.

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I've always been fascinated by this building/complex. I wish I was able to take the tour of the inside of the building. Tours are not always available. Outside of building and grounds are "haunting" and beautiful. It makes you wonder what went on in the building when it was an active psych center. I hope they complete the renovations and... More 

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The architecture is awesome. Not always available for tours but if you get a chance it is a must see of Buffalo's past

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Amherst, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

My friend and I opted for the 2 hour in-depth tour and it was really worth it. We were able to go up into the attic and down into the basement. I would not recommend this tour for young children. The tour guides were very knowledgeable. The buildings are 99% not completely renovated. They have a long, long way to... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

A fascinating place with very interesting architecture. Well worth a visit. Historically significant. One of those places you can easily overlooked. Sadly, now all the lunatics are in government downstate or in Albany.

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Address: 400 Forest Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14213
Phone Number: +1 716-849-4563
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Buffalo

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