The Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo has announced the introduction of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted tours of the 145-year-old National Historic Landmark.
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has partnered with the Richardson Olmsted Campus and Deaf Access Services to provide ASL-interpreted historical tours of the iconic Buffalo landmark.
The Richardson Olmsted Campus is one of Buffalo’s most iconic buildings and a National Historic Landmark, the 145-year-old Richardson Olmsted Campus is being renewed after years of neglect.
Designed by great American architect Henry Hobson Richardson and the famed landscape team of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the building incorporated a system of enlightened treatment for people with mental illness developed by Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride. The Richardson remains an architectural gem and is visited by thousands of people from around the world.
Today, the Richardson Olmsted Campus is home to one of the largest historic preservation projects in the nation. Since 2006, the nonprofit Richardson has been hard at work bringing the site back to life after decades of neglect, beginning with Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center and the future Lipsey Architecture Center in the iconic Towers Building. Meanwhile, work continues to develop the remaining two-thirds of the massive campus.
The Richardson’s ASL-interpreted Exterior Welcome Tours will last one hour and feature an expert docent accompanied by an American Sign Language interpreter, leading groups all over the 42-acre grounds of the massive campus.
These tours will be offered in September and October, with additional dates added in the 2019 tour season.
Deaf Access Services, formed 35 years ago by local Deaf leaders, responds to the interests of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals by promoting communication access, awareness, and opportunities in the greater community.
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. Since 1919, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care.
Photo of The Richardson Olmsted Campus Towers Building by Paul Pasquarello.