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Baird Hall (BAIRD) - North Campus, Arts & Athletics Sector



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Baird Hall


Baird Hall is home of the Department of Music, a place where you might hear a pianist's arpeggios or a singer's vocalise while walking through the corridors. Baird houses classrooms, faculty offices, a music library, two rehearsal halls and 64 practice rooms.

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Namesake


Frank Burkett Baird Frank Burkett Baird (1852-1939) was a philanthropist and successful industrialist. He came to Buffalo in 1888, built the Tonawanda Iron & Steel Company, developed the Hanna Furnace Company, and served on the board of the Pan American Exposition in 1901. He was "Father of the Peace Bridge" and a proponent of the construction that opened vehicular traffic between the U.S. and Canada in 1927. He chaired the UB Council and was a member of the board of the University Foundation. Mr. Baird served as trustee of Forest Lawn Cemetery and is buried there.

His son Cameron Baird (1906-1960), a violinist in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, founded the university's music department in 1951 and chaired it until his death.

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Building Facts

Primary function: Academic

Tenants: Department of Music, Music Library, World Language Institute

Architect: Ulrich Franzen and Associates

Completion date: November, 1981

Gross square feet: 85,580

Construction cost: $6,132,000

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