Originally Baird Hall, until that name moved to the North Campus, Allen Hall was built as the music building for a proposed (but never completed) Fine Arts Center. It is now well known to listeners of WBFO, an NPR station. It houses the recording studios as well as a performance hall, the site of Opus Classics and other events.
Cornelia Hopkins Allen (1896-1979) was an associate professor of
Social Work at the university. She supervised many programs 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.