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Richardson Olmsted Campus

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community


444 FOREST AVEBUFFALO, NY 14213 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Reuse of the Richardson Olmsted Campus is the mission of the not for profit 501(c)(3) Richardson Center Corporation. Widely considered to be one of Buffalo’s most important and beautiful buildings, it is being adaptively reused as a hospitality venue and cultural amenity for the city. The Richardson Architecture Center, Inc. board, also a not for profit 501(c)(3), oversees the development of an architecture center for Buffalo.


We envision the rehabilitation of the National Historic Landmark Richardson Olmsted Campus (the former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane), comprised of the H.H. Richardson-designed buildings and Frederick Law Olmsted-designed grounds, to be the crowning jewel of a mixed-use, multi-purpose civic campus of public and private activities.

By combining contemporary ideas with our 19th century inheritance, we will create to the highest standards a nationally significant, 21st century, economically self-sustaining and environmentally sound Richardson Olmsted Campus as a place for architectural, educational, cultural, and recreational activities for the benefit of the residents of and visitors to the Richardson Community, the Museum District, the Elmwood Village, and the entire Buffalo Niagara Region.


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