Henry Hobson Richardson

Heritage Moments: Frederick Law Olmsted and the stroll that saved Niagara

Aug 13, 2018
Photo from “Review of Reviews and World’s Work,” 1890

Niagara Falls in the 1800s was an industrialist’s dreamland and a huckster’s paradise. Cheap waterpower abounded­ — all you had to do was build a channel to divert a small portion of the mighty Niagara past your mill, and you were all set. And an enterprising “entrepreneur” need only buy a small parcel of land with a view, erect a tall fence and charge visitors from far and wide exorbitant fees to get a glimpse of the thunderous cataract — the Eighth Wonder of the World, once you paid enough to see it.


Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

With the new federal tax law in place, local developers are breathing a sigh of relief that it wasn't worse for them. There had been a concern historic preservation tax credits would be abandoned and this method of early financing has been key in adaptive reuse of many older buildings in Buffalo.

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The H.H. Richardson building at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center sat derelict for years until preservationists saved the Elmwood Avenue landmark and started turning around the vast structure. The latest addition is a giant new sculpture outside the entrance of what is now a hotel and soon-to-be architecture center.


Chris Caya WBFO News

The first phase of redeveloping one Buffalo's most iconic structures is complete. State and local officials helped cut the ribbon Thursday on the Richardson Olmsted Campus.

For more than a century, the old Buffalo State Hospital designed by famed architect H.H. Richardson cared for tens of thousands of patients who were suffering from mental illnesses. The Museum of disABILITY History in Eggertsville has just published a new book titled "Buffalo State Hospital: A History of the Institution in Light and Shadow."

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After sitting vacant for decades,  a West Side landmark that was saved from the wrecking ball is finally being brought back to life.

Redevelopment of Richardson Olmsted Complex begins

Oct 10, 2014
WBFO News photo by Ashley Hirtzel

The first phase of the Richardson Olmsted Complex reuse effort kicked off in Buffalo Friday. The $69 million project will consist of an 88 room hotel, a 300-plus seat conference and event center, and the Buffalo Architecture Center when complete.