Buffalo Architecture: H.H. Richardson’s Buffalo State Hospital

Buffalo Architecture: H.H. Richardson’s Buffalo State Hospital

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.

Builder Bob on Westbahnstrasse

Builder Bob on Westbahnstrasse

I just finished my series of website pages describing the Westbahnstrasse Tram Track Rehabilitation Project completed during the summer of 2009. The two new pages present aerial views of the work (from a neighbor who was also fascinated by the construction process) and photos of the workshop where the Wiener Linien prefabricate the track by cutting, bending and welding together sections of rail. The website pages include photos, descriptions and YouTube video links.

Now I can get started on this summer’s Westbahnstrasse project: the Westbahnstrasse Chronicles! Stay tuned.

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