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A former psychiatric hospital gets
a new life as a boutique hotel
By JOANN GRECO
Photography by CHRISTOPHER PAYNE

Shortly after learning about the
massive, Victorian-era psychiatric hospitals
built according to a set of architectural
dictates known as the Kirkbride Plan,
Stephen Brockman, senior principal at New
York-based Deborah Berke Partners, found
himself joining an ambitious restoration of
one of them. "It was a weird coincidence," he
says, "and it offered the exciting opportunity
to be a part of exploring a different reality
for an amazing and historic property."
Of the dozens of so-called Kirkbrides-
named for Philadelphia psychiatrist and
mental illness advocate Dr. Thomas Story
Kirkbride, who believed that expansive,
light-filled architecture could play a critical
role in healing the mentally ill-one of
the most significant is the former Buffalo
State Asylum for the Insane (more recently
renamed the Richardson Olmsted Campus),
a castle-like compound spread across 93
acres that was built in 1870 and designed by
a young Henry Hobson Richardson (whom
the hotel is named after), with grounds by
Frederick Law Olmsted.
The transformation of part of the long-

1. At Hotel Henry,
Deborah Berke Partners
marries past and present
by retaining the former
psychiatric hospital's
double staircase and
exposed brick walls
while adding a glassand-steel atrium as the
new entrance.

2. Spanning more than
93 acres, the castlelike complex was built
by Henry Hobson
Richardson in 1870 as
part of the Kirkbride
Plan, which embraced
expansive, light-filled
architecture to heal the
mentally ill.

abandoned hospital into the 88-room Hotel
Henry Urban Resort Conference Center
comes courtesy of, along with Brockman
and his team, local firm Flynn Battaglia
Architects, which served as the architect
of record, with Boston-based Goody
Clancy handling exterior renovations
and preservation. More plans call for an
architecture museum to be added as part of
the complex (which together will make up
one-third of the site), while the remaining 10
buildings may soon be filled with residences
and institutional tenants, although nothing
is confirmed as of yet.
"With historic buildings, our approach
is always to have a light touch," says

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Products
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Art
Carpet
Bath
Textiles
Special Feature: Cultural Impact
Projects
The Hoxton, Paris
Kimpton De Witt
Hotel Henry
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