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Reimagining A Buffalo Landmark

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Richardson Center Corporation- Reuse of the Richardson Olmsted Campus is the mission of the not for profit 501(c)(3) Richardson Center Corporation. Visit their website to explore the long history of this National Historic Landmark, learn about the adaptive reuse of the Richardson Olmsted Campus and much more.

Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo-A dedicated space for exploration and collaboration, The Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo is located in the landmarked Richardson Olmsted Campus.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara- Focused on empowering Western New York communities to champion historic preservation as a means of creating a more culturally rich, vibrant, affordable, and sustainable community.

Heritage Toronto- A charitable arms-length agency of the City of Toronto established to promote a greater appreciation for the city’s rich architectural, cultural, archaeological and natural heritage.

Richardson Olmsted Campus

Suggested Reading

The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States by Carla Yanni
The Eclipse of the State Mental Hospital by George W. Dowdall
Remembrance of Patients Past by Geoffrey Reaume
On The Construction, Organization, and General Arrangements of Hospitals for the Insane, second edition by Dr. Kirkbride (Available on Google Books)
The Art of Asylum Keeping by Nancy Tomes
Buffalo State Hospital - A History of the Institution in Light and Shadow published by the Museum of disABILITY History

H.H. Richardson-
Henry Hobson Richardson and His Works by Marianna Griswold Van Rensselaer
Henry Hobson Richardson: A Genius for Architecture by Margaret Henderson Floyd
The Architecture of H.H. Richardson and His Times by Henry-Russell Hitchcock
H. H. Richardson - The Architect, His Peers, and Their Era by Maureen Meister
H.H. Richardson - Complete Architectural Works by Jeffery Karl Ochsner
H.H. Richardson - Architectural Forms for an American Society by James F. O'Gorman

Frederick Law Olmsted-
A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century by Witold Rybczynski
Frederick Law Olmsted - Plan and Views of Public Parks by Charles E. Beveridge, Lauren Meier and Irene Mills

Architecture and Place-

Changing Places: Remaking Institutional Building by Lynda H. Schneekloth, Marcia F. Feuerstein and Barbara A. Campagna
Old Buildings New Forms - New Directions in Architectural Transformations by Francoise Astorg Bollack
About Place: Goody Clancy's Architecture, Planning and Preservation by Deborah Dietsch
Three American Architects by James F. O’Gorman
National Landmarks of WNY: Famous people and historic places by Jan Booth Sheridan

The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System by Francis R. Kowsky
City on the Edge by Mark Goldman
Buffalo Architecture: A Guide by Reyner Banham, Charles Beveridge and Henry-Russell Hitchcock Buffalo
Good Neighbors/Great Architecture by Nancy Blumenstalk Mingus
Beautiful Buffalo - Preserving a City by Linda Levine and Maria Scrivani

Additional Resources

The online catalog at The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (B&ECPL)

  • Perform a keyword search using the phrase (including quotation marks) “buffalo state asylum.” A similar search could be done with the phrase (including quotation marks) “buffalo state hospital.”
  • The Grosvenor Room at the Central location of the B&ECPL, located at 1 Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo
  • Superintendent’s Annual Reports are available
  • Special Collections department pamphlets, clippings from periodicals, mountedphotographs, scrapbooks, newspapers, and books. Documents the remaining Kirkbride buildings

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Reimagining a Buffalo Landmark is funded by the Peter C. Cornell Trust, The Zemsky Family and the Members of Buffalo Toronto Public Media.