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