If your local haunted house isn’t going to cut it this Halloween, we've got something that will definitely do the trick: An overnight stay at a haunted hospital.
is a seemingly stunning boutique lodge in Buffalo, New York, complete with lavish furnishings, a farm-to-table restaurant, a luxury gym, and, ahem, ghosts of former patients.
Yeah, you read that right.
The hotel, formerly the Buffalo Asylum for the Insane, is a historic, castle-like structure that was abandoned after the asylum closed in the 1970s.
Originally designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, the asylum was partially restored and redesigned by architecture firm , along with Flynn Battaglia Architects and Goody Clancy, a preservation firm. The landscape was designed by Frederick Olmsted, who also designed Central Park.
"In a weird way, a hotel and a hospital have a lot of common [design] elements," says Stephen Brockman, Deborah Berke Partners' senior principal and the lead designer. "It's all about providing [people] with a lot of natural daylight and a lot of outdoor space."
As a Kirkbride Hospital institution, the property was built to create a healthy and positive environment, emphasizing patient interaction with the outdoors. To honor that, the corridor windows were left unadorned to let the light in, and the hotel's color palette chosen to reflect nature, with a range of blues, yellows and neutrals.
The hotel is housed across three buildings, with a total of 88 rooms, and although much of the hotel was remodeled, some parts remain untouched.
The entryway was completely upgraded into a modern glass box with symmetrical stairs that lead you to the hotel's main floor and lobby. Former patient rooms were combined to create the guest rooms, which were designed to be quiet and serene using a neutral, grayscale color palette.
New amenities include an architecture gallery, office spaces, lounge areas, and event spaces. Mixed in with these modern additions, guests will find some details exactly the way they were, like a winged staircase, 12-foot hallways, original fireplaces and moldings.
While Brockman admits there are lots of urban legends about the building that claim its haunted, you will hopefully only encounter friendly ghosts during your stay.
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