For Richardson Center Corporation
Heritage Landscapes prepared a detailed cultural landscape report and concepts for the South Lawn for the Richardson Olmsted campus at Buffalo. The former New York State Asylum at Buffalo was an Olmsted Vaux design. developed under the Kirkbride concept as a therapeutic landscape for treatment of the insane. Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. recommended a young Henry Hobson Richardson for the building commission and Olmsted, Vaux & Company designed the landscape. Heritage Landscapes tasks included
Concluding the CLR, to guide future work, we prepared a conceptual landscape treatment approach that will:
Planning and implementation project have proceeded aligned to this foundational documentation and guidance. Hotel Henry and the South Lawn projects received the Richard Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award National Trust award in 2018. The campus phased improvements continue to uplift this historic landscape.WORKS:
Richardson Olmsted Campus Cultural Landscape Report, 2008; South Lawn Concept Design, with WD; 2016TEAM:
Team Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Landscape Architect, lead Goody Clancy; for South Lawn with Wendel.QUOTES:
The conjunction of Olmsted Vaux designed Park, Parkside neighborhood and the NYS Asylum for the Insane at Buffalo and the earlier Forest Lawn Cemetery, secured a significant large landscape thatbenefits the Buffalo community to this day. Heritage Landscapes
Historic images of the therapeutic landscape plans and views, courtesy Buffalo State Asylum and FLONHS archives.
Heritage Landscapes sequence of period plans 1874 to 2008, from the Cultural Landscape Report, base plan courtesy Goody Clancy.
Heritage Landscapes South Lawn night lighting concept rendering.
Heritage Landscapes South Lawn simulation proposed character achieved with removal of parking and enhanced circulation.