H.H. Richardson: Buffalo State Hospital main building from my flickr photos

On a recent trip to Buffalo I visited the Buffalo State Hospital grounds in an early, jet-lag induced, walk. Some of my photos are on my Buffalo flickr set tagged with H.H. Richardson: Buffalo State Hospital.

As I grew up the imposing main building (in the photo above) seemed always to be in view. We lived nearby and went to elementary school on the campus of the adjoining state college. It’s a fantastic building, unfortunately it really seems to need repair.

Here’s a page with information about the complex from the website Buffalo as an Architectural Museum:  Richardson Olmsted Complex. I particularly enjoyed the essay by Francis R. Kowsky, a Buffalo architectural historian, called A Towering Masterpiece: H.H. Richardson’s Buffalo State Hospital.