Board & Batten

Brenna Reilly, Siera Rogers, Joshua Fraass and Joseph Quinn

Photograph of UB Studio in front of the Historic Barn, courtesy of Richardson Center Corporation .

Photograph of UB Studio in front of the Historic Barn, courtesy of Richardson Center Corporation.

Graduate Student Project


Three disciplines, one goal. Explore the Richardson Olmsted Campus and its Historic Barn. Join as we pay homage to Richardson and Olmsted's interpretation of the Kirkbride Plan, and enhance its cobbled characteristics. In bridging the gap between agricultural heritage and present development, we examine the opportunities to bring back the therapeutic aspects of the Board & Batten Barn. 


The adaptive re-use and rehabilitation of cultural resources involves the collaboration of many disciplines and professionals, including historic preservation, real estate development and urban planning. This study brings together these disciplines to look at both the macro and micro of the Richardson Olmsted Campus ("ROC"). This is done through an analysis of the entire ROC and through an exploration of the historic barn ("Barn") and potential future uses. The ROC is a unique piece of social and architectural history located in Buffalo, NY. The 1973 entry into the National Register of Historic Places secured the site's preservation and protection, but not until after it had already been dramatically impacted by changes in the Buffalo State Hospital's choices for expansion. This project looks into the opportunities for the Barn, and future of the site.

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