The Richardson Olmstead Complex, located at 400 Forest Ave. in Buffalo, presents the Richardson Center Corporation South Lawn Celebration on Saturday, September 28th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will commemorate the unveiling of the new landscape between the Richardson Olmsted Complex and Forest Ave. and the transformation of the historic buildings and grounds.
The complex will be adaptively reused as a hospitality venue and cultural amenity for the city, with the first phase scheduled to open in spring 2016. The 140-year-old National Historic Landmark is considered to be one of Buffalo’s most important and beautiful buildings. The nine-acre South Lawn was created by replacing two parking lots with a historically and ecologically sensitive “Olmstedian” landscape and drive.
The free event, with free parking available in the Buffalo Psychiatric Center lot on Elmwood Ave., will feature live music by Jason Myers, the Bar-Room Buzzards, the Buffalo State Jazz Combo, The Albrights, the Diaspora Drumming Ensemble, and the Nickel City Pimp Choir; Drew Kahn of the Buffalo State Theater Department will serve as the master of ceremonies. Other entertainment throughout the day will include magician Mike Seege and Mugsy the Clown.
Numerous activities are scheduled for the event, including a letterboxing scavenger hunt, crafts and face painting. Free outside tours will be available throughout the day, highlighting the past, present, and future of this iconic complex, with a special focus on the grounds.
For more information, visit www.richardson-olmsted.com.
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