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Newly rennovated Cornelia H. Allen Hall is well known as the home of WBFO, Buffalo's National Public Radio affiliate. It houses recording studios as well as a performance hall—the site of Opus Classics and other events. Allen Hall was originally named Frank Burkett Baird Hall, and built as the music building for a proposed fine arts center. Baird Hall is now the name of a building on the North Campus.

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Cornelia Hopkins Allen Cornelia Hopkins Allen (1896-1979) was an associate professor of social work at the university. She supervised many programs that bridged the gap between the School of Social Work and the community. After retiring from the university, she became director of social services at Meyer Memorial Hospital (now ECMC), and was involved in community work for Cradle Beach Camp in Angola.

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Building Facts

Primary function: Academic

Tenants: The Regional Institute

Architect: E. B. Green

Completion date: June, 1931

Gross square feet: 6,442

Construction cost: $17,000

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