The gothic brick building that was once the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane for over 75 years now has a new future.
After undergoing a major remodel, the mental health hospital has now been transformed into the Hotel Henry, an 88-room hotel for guests seeking a stylish stay. Guests’ rooms feature high ceilings, contemporary European bathrooms, LED mirrors, and modern Porcelanosa features. Rooms with a single king-sized bed or two double beds sell for about $175 per night while rooms with extra seating go for $350 per night.
The building was designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson while Frederick Law Olmstead designed the grounds. From the outside, the building gives off an eerie horror which reminds the guests of its original purpose.
The psychiatric hospital’s first lead doctor was Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride who thought ahead when it came to patient care. He felt that light, space and air were key in aiding patients in recovery and making them comfortable during their time at the hospital. His philosophy was that people are influenced by their surroundings.
The historic building was unused from 1970 until renovations began in 2013. The goal was to keep the building as close to its original state as possible, which means the wide winding hallways are still there. Fortunately for guests, getting lost at this hotel is a good thing. There are plenty of hidden nooks to snuggle into with a good book as well as a full restaurant and bar to pass the time in. The rooms themselves are filled with plenty of white space and natural grays.
Aside from the modernization of the gothic feel, this building has gotten an update in more ways than one. Guests can enjoy programs like chocolate and beer pairings, art walks, and pop-ups.