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. Among other things it houses recording studios and a performance hall.
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.