The "groundbreaking" ceremony for a hotel at the Richardson Olmsted Complex will take place on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The Campaign's board and staff were instrumental in saving the former asylum, filing a lawsuit which led directly to $100,000,000 in state funding for preservation projects, including $75,000,000 for the Richardson, which had been deteriorating unchecked for decades ($25,000,000 went to the Martin House).
An 88-room hotel and 300-seat event center are planned. Hotel rooms will be in the two pavilions flanking the Administration Building, which will house hotel reception and an "architecture center."
Construction on the $69 million project will also include landscaping and roadways. Controversially, the main hotel entry will be automobile-centric, and approached from the rear, or north, side of Richardson's iconic Administration Building. Northside landscaping is to be rectilinear, taking its cue from parking lots serving the hotel (the Campaign fought against this anti-Olmstedian plan, to no avail)
Landscaping and circulation issues notwithstanding, the occupancy of part of the Richardson Complex marks a victory in the 30-year struggle to re-occupy the National Historic Landmark.