Richardson Olmsted Campus

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Buffalo's Colored Musicians Club became a national landmark Monday, while the Richardson Olmsted Campus won a prestigious award for preservation.

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The community is encouraged to help break the stigma" to generate a new understanding surrounding mental illness. As part of WBFO's Mental Health Initiative, senior reporter Eileen Buckley lead a Facebook panel discussion Tuesday called In Pursuit of Healing. 

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The very first psychiatric center in Buffalo was called Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. The name changed over the years and so did the way patients were handled. In our Mental Health initiative WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley explores past treatment, as the former mental institution decline. 

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There is a mysterious story about woman who was once treated at the Buffalo State Asylum, the original psychiatric center at the Richardson Olmsted Campus, in the late 1800s. In our ongoing Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with a descendant who remains committed to finding out the truth about what happened to his relative.

Origins of Buffalo’s mental health treatment

May 16, 2018
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Part 1 of a series

Caring for the mentally ill in an institutional setting began in the Buffalo in the late 1800s at what was once the Buffalo State Asylum at Forest and Elmwood avenues. As part of our Mental Health Reporting Initiative, WBFO senior reporter Eileen Buckley explores the origins of the massive Richardson Olmsted Complex, built as a place of healing for the mentally ill.

Buffalo Academy of Science

Mark Mortenson has been named as the new Executive Director of the Richardson Olmsted Campus.

Explaining that many famous classical composers such as Handel, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky suffered from mental challenges, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta told WBFO how proud she is to have the BPO play their music in a free outdoor concert on the site of the old Buffalo Psychiatric Center, known in its day for progressive, humane treatment.

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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.

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The site of a former hospital for the mentally ill will soon be reborn as a hotel and architecture musem and education center. Officials at the Richardson Olmsted Complex marked the completion Tuesday of a busy three-year stage of reconstruction.

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The first phase of a restoration project beneath the towers of the Richardson Olmsted complex in Buffalo is underway. A $10 million dollar campaign to help fund that project has quickly found itself 50 percent closer to the goal, thanks to a gift by a recently deceased advocate for preserving many of Buffalo's architectural assets.

Redevelopment of Richardson Olmsted Complex begins

Oct 10, 2014
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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.

Groundbreaking today for Richardson-Olmsted Complex

Oct 10, 2014
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Nearly 10 years of effort pays off this afternoon with groundbreaking ceremonies for the Richardson Olmsted Complex.  The first phase of the $69-million reuse effort gets underway today.

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Plans to convert the historic Richardson building at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center into a hotel and architecture center are about half done. Organizers discussed developments at a public meeting Tuesday night.

Press Pass: Preserving the Richardson Olmsted Complex

Jun 10, 2013
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The mammoth Richardson Olmsted Complex on Forest Avenue in Buffalo is part of a major preservation project. 

On this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer about his recent tour inside the complex. Meyer talks about the rehab and project price tag.

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Construction is getting closer on the renewed Richardson Olmsted Complex at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

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The local company behind the highly rated Mansion on Delaware boutique hotel will be adding an iconic Buffalo landmark to its portfolio. WBFO's Chris Caya has more on the long awaited renovation of the historic Richardson Olmsted Complex on Forest Avenue.