The Roycroft Campus inspires visitors to experience the history, ideals, and possibilities of the Head, Heart, Hand philosophy and the art it creates.
Head – Heart – Hand
Rekindle the Roycroft Campus as a regional magnet for people seeking inspiration from the history, ideals, and possibilities of the Head, Heart, Hand philosophy. By creating a contemporary center of influence, we will attract new and returning guests through guest focused programming that is informative, transformative, and community building.
In 1988 a group of business leaders, headed by Burt Flickinger, Jr. formed an unnamed group, at times referred to as the Roycroft not-for-profit, to take title and to market the historic Roycroft Inn to developers nationwide. On December 11, 1989 an organizational meeting of the Roycroft Revitalization Corporation met to adopt the by-laws, to elect officers and establish terms. Over $1.5 million was raised to restore much of the Inn’s exterior.
Late 1993, The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation of Buffalo took control of the Inn restoration and redevelopment project. They proposed to bring about the plans for a 22 suite, 4-Star Country Inn and Restaurant with an expected opening date in the summer of 1995. Over $8 million was spent on the restoration. The Roycroft Inn re-opened its doors on June 10, 1995.
At the January 2004 Annual Meeting the future direction of RRC was discussed with a resolution unanimously passed at the April 26, 2004 meeting to actively undertake the restoration of the entire Roycroft Campus. Ten new board members, bringing diverse skills, were elected to the board; the vision – “The Roycroft Campus: as if Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters never left”, was adopted; and a name change to the Roycroft Campus Corporation (RCC) was chosen to better reflect the organizations’ mission.
The Roycroft Campus Corporation (RCC) offers educational programming, artisan classes, lectures, interactive events and social gatherings to further promote and preserve the historic Roycroft Campus and the ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement as if Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters never left.
The Roycroft Campus: You Belong Here
Since its founding in 1897, the Roycroft has been a beacon for progressive social change. Our founder, Elbert Hubbard, set an early precedent by welcoming women and people of color to work alongside their peers, receiving equal pay for their contributions. Elbert and Alice Hubbard were actively involved in the women’s suffrage movement. They believed this was simply the right thing to do then and we believe the same is true today! The Roycroft proudly embraces this legacy, reaffirming our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Click here to read our full Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement.