The 19th century Richardson Olmsted Complex – a former Insane Asylum – is a National Historic Landmark. It was also a ruin. The site’s reuse is being driven by $76 million in New York State funds that is leveraging private investment. In 2010, the complex had over 400,000sf of vacant space.
A Mix of Uses
A core set of uses identified for the development include a boutique hotel, conference center, event center, architectural center and new housing. Each of these uses is given equal importance in the design process. This integrated model creates an active and diverse set of program relationships that is beneficial to the success of the development, but also allows the project to capture maximum tax incentives. The most visible example of this integration is to provide a central entrace and gathering space that mixes visitors from the various uses in one space before moving each into their own circulation system.