A piece of Buffalo’s history was on full display for HobNob – the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s biggest business party of the year. A sold-out crowd of over 400 people packed two-floors of the former Buffalo Psychiatric Facility now transformed into an Urban Resort and Conference Center dubbed Hotel Henry. Partnership members from across Western New York and Southern Ontario joined in on the party rejuvenating old and establishing new business connections. HobNob was also the first Partnership event since our strategic membership agreement with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. Wednesday’s event allowed our new associate members an opportunity to interact with current Partnership members.
HobNob guests wandered through the recently-completed phase one of a $100 million reconstruction project of the H.H. Richardson Olmsted Complex. The building has a rich history dating back to the 1870s when it opened as a mental health institute and would operate for a century. The asylum closed in the mid-1970s and officially became vacant in 1994.
The building was dedicated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. We have a tour for you of the newly renovated Richardson Olmsted Complex before the HobNob crowds filled in.