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Richardson and Olmsted’s Picturesque Masterpiece Threatened

The Buffalo Psychiatric Center (originally the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, then the Buffalo State Hospital) is the product one of the greatest artistic collaborations in the nation’s history. It is a work of one of the greatest architects America has produced, Henry Hobson Richardson, and the founder of the profession of landscape architecture in the United States, and its greatest practitioner, Frederick Law Olmsted.

The Buffalo Psychiatric Center was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and the buildings declared  a National Historic Landmark in 1986. That is not stopping Buffalo State College officials from trying to ram a wholly unsympathetic campus expansion project down the throats of an unsuspecting public. It features a largely windowless metal-clad box/blob combo by modernist starchitects Gwathmey/Siegal.

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