The conditions were ideal, no clouds in sight and there was a steady wind blowing. Decided to make the 100 mile drive out to this beach at 2:00 in the morning. Walking on the dark shore at night when I finally chose a spot. The Milky Way rose from below the horizon. No one else to share the spectacle with me but the rocks and the sea. Utterly beautiful and peaceful.
This is the exterior of the rear facade Buffalo State Hospital, as seen from behind the fence, where I bribed a security guard with a pack of smokes to open the gate. Taken during the last strains of nautical twilight as it morphed into astronomical twilight, it highlights the centerpiece of the building - H. H. Richardson’s magnificent “twin tower” administrative pavilion, created in his signature “Richardsonian Romanesque” style. To the right, connecting to the innermost female ward pavilion, is a curved connector hallway that was one of the great innovations of Richardson’s take on the Kirkbride Plan. Shame Richardson loved lobster and steak so much - he was morbidly obese, and died of a coronary in his mid-50s. One wonders what other marvels he might have created; having visited over a dozen of his buildings, every one is remarkable - even the ones that predate the Romanesque that would define his career.