If we asked you to take a second to picture the creepiest building you could imagine spending the night in, we bet some of you would come to rest on the old horror classic of the insane asylum. So, guess what, now you can make that dream – or should that be nightmare – come true with the recently launched Hotel Henry. Located in Buffalo, New York, the former mental facility is open for business just in time for Halloween. The first part of a huge project to develop this sprawling, 19th century campus, the hotel is crazy beautiful, but retains its gothic ‘charm’.
Like hundreds of similar facilities across the US, the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane was constructed in part due to new ideas concerning the treatment for the mentally ill, in short, providing space for them in grand buildings, within spacious grounds and tranquil settings. Designed by Henry Dobson Richardson, the Henry Hotel bears the name of the architect who pioneered the style behind the gothic, beautiful asylums that would later become known as Richardson Romanesque.