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Reimagining A Buffalo Landmark

Explore the Richardson Olmsted Campus Timeline

If you’ve ever explored in or around the city of Buffalo, one building stands out among the rest. With its iconic towers, massive stonework, and sprawling landscape, the Richardson Olmsted Campus is a breathtaking example of American Architecture.

Learn about the history of this 147-year-old National Historic Landmark. Construction on the Richardson Olmsted Campus began in 1872 and opened in 1880 as the state-of-the-art Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane with a revolutionary model for treatment of people with mental illness. But as that era of treatment came to an end, the hospital closed, and it's future was uncertain. But in the hands of a community dedicated to preserving it, the Richardson Olmsted Campus is being reimagined. Explore the timeline of the Richardson Olmsted Campus.

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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.