The Ellicott Complex is a 38-building mega-structure consisting
of dormitories, dining facilities, academic departments,
administrative offices, and classrooms. It was designed to house
3,200 students in the British university system style, with six
'quads' that would focus on subject matter and include faculty as
residents, tied to each other by an academic and service core. This
system has been abandoned, and various academic departments have
relocated to Ellicott as space demands necessitated. Ellicott is
notorious for its serpentine corridors and multiple pathways. The
Katherine Cornell Theatre, located in the MFAC core, is named for a
well know Buffalo actress. It has long been the location for taping
of shows by political satirist, Buffalo-born Mark Russell.
Joseph Ellicott (1760-1826), the first resident agent of the
Holland Land Company, surveyed the Western New York wilderness in
1798. Ellicott was an early advocate of the Erie Canal. He also
mapped out a radial-on-grid plan for the city of Buffalo, similar
in design to the earlier plan for Washington, D.C.
Elbridge Gerry Spaulding (1809-1897) was a lawyer, real estate
developer, and politician. He served as a mayor of Buffalo and as a
New York State assemblyman, congressman, and State Treasurer.
Convinced of the possibilities of Buffalo's development, he was to
live there for the rest of his life. In his inaugural address,
Mayor Spaulding devoted the main part of his remarks to the
condition of the Buffalo harbors and shipping facilities. He also
alluded at length to the need for a comprehensive sewer system and
to the need for proper lighting and paving of the streets, and
heartily approved of the free school system. When the
University of Buffalo was formed in 1846, he was a member of the
original council, and was still a member when he died in
1897. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.