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Townsend Hall

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Overview

Facility
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Number
0022
Function
Other
Gross Square Feet
25,077
Construction Cost
$178,000
Completed
September, 1903
Architect
George Metzger (1903) E.b. Green (1931)

Occupants

Function

Originally part of the Erie County Almshouse and Poor Farm, Townsend Hall is presently vacant.

Namesake

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A prominent figure in Buffalo's progressive movement, Harriet A. Townsend (1839-1916) founded the Women's Educational and Industrial Union of Buffalo in 1884. The organization was dedicated to promoting "the material, moral and intellectual welfare of the women of our city," and did so with lectures, classes and vocational training at the original Townsend Hall on Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo. In 1915, this building was given to the University of Buffalo by the Women's Educational and Industrial Union. When the building was sold, the university moved the Townsend name to the Main Street Campus.

Historical research and photographs provided by University Archives.