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“Now all the lunatics have moved downstate.”

Richardson Olmsted Campus
Ranked #29 of 157 things to do in Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Buffalo, New York
Level 6 Contributor
1,126 reviews
553 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 509 helpful votes
“Now all the lunatics have moved downstate.”
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.

Visited June 2013
4 Thank Jonmun
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“H H Richardson Complex "Simple Drive-By"”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

I wasn't fortunate enough to experience the formal tour but did take some time before my flight to spend about 30 minutes walking the grounds. What a beautiful space. Quite impressive.

Visited September 2013
3 Thank dabaker10
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Mohawk, New York
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful buildings”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Have driven around the grounds and been able to look over the amazing architecture. It is astounding how large this facility was, it took up so much of the Buffalo real estate. I hope the developers do the buildings justice and keep to much of the original design. I have never been in the city when tours have been available, but I would love to go. Looking forward to seeing another piece of Buffalo's splendor restored.

Visited April 2013
Thank Margaret O
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edinburgh, uk
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Nice Place to Be Crazy”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Historic and severely beautiful, as it slowly is taken over by various state and local institutions. A fine place to be committed.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank larrydeluxe7
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Amherst, New York
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“H H Richardson Complex **Outstanding Tour”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

I recently was able to tour this amazing sandstone structure built in 1870 through the cooperation of two famous architects Henry Hobson Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted. It is now know as the H. H. Richardson complex and is on the historic register due to diligent work of many dedicated people. The complex is currently in the process of being renovated into an upscale hotel with shops and eateries included. Please don your hard hat, sign up for a tour and learn about this magnificent building....see the before and after. The tour guides have an amazing amount of information to share. The grounds as well as the building are being restored. I promise you will be fascinated!

Visited July 2013
Thank jorimrapr
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