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
1789. 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.
Samuel Wilkeson (1781-1848) was a keelboat builder and the first judge of Erie County. He was responsible for providing Buffalo with its harbor, which opened in 1821. He also served as Buffalo's fourth mayor in 1836, was a State Assemblyman and Senator, a veteran of the Chautauqua militia.
"Be kind to each other; be liberal, and generous - forgiving all
injuries whether real or imaginary."
-Samuel Wilkeson "The Valiant Man".