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The Lipsey Challenge

The Richardson Olmsted Complex just got a big financial boost. Recently deceased Stanford Lipsey, longtime publisher of the Buffalo News, along with his wife Judith Lipsey, have made a donation to The Renaissance Campaign for the Richardson Olmsted Complex in the amount of $2.5 million. The Lipsey legacy is committed to leaving a substantial mark on preserving Buffalo’s remaining architectural masterpieces. 

The $2.5 million gift signals the launch of the Buffalo Architecture Center, which will be named after the Lipseys. The significant donation brings with it a challenge for the community, known as The Lipsey Challenge, to double that amount. The Renaissance Campaign for the Richardson Olmsted Complex has been tasked with raising $10 million altogether. That full amount will see to it that:

  • The First Phase of the complex is complete
  • The architectural center is up and operational
  • Work can begin on the rest of the outlying buildings

“Stanford Lipsey was a champion of great architecture and historic preservation in Buffalo and throughout the State of New York,” wrote the Richardson Center Corporation. “In 2006, Mr. Lipsey spearheaded efforts to save the Richardson Olmsted Complex and, thanks to his vision and role in securing support from New York State, the first phase of redevelopment on the Richardson Olmsted Complex is nearing completion. It is fitting that the Lipsey name will be part of the project and the architecture center for all time.”

The Lipseys’ generous donations have already prompted others to contribute to the campaign, including donations from private entities, corporate sponsors, and foundations, along with significant gifts from M&T Bank and the Zemsky family.

Those looking to help ensure that the future of The Richardson Olmsted Complex is as bright as possible, please click here to make a donation.

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