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Property Name Edmund B. Hayes Hall
Reference Number 16000394
State New York
County Erie
Town Buffalo
Street Address 3435 Main Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 6/21/2016
Areas of Significance Architecture, Education
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Edmund B. Hayes Hall (Hayes Hall) is significant as the historical and current visual symbol for the University at Buffalo South Campus. The building is significant under criterion A in the area of Education for its role as the primary administration and services building of the University of Buffalo between the 1920s and the development of the university's new large suburban North Campus in the 1970s. Acquired in 1909 from the former Erie County Almshouse and Farm, the building became the cornerstone of a new campus being developed for the 'Great University,' which brought together separate individual colleges and programs, scattered through the city, to establish one main, modern college center for the city of Buffalo. Much like older college campuses with their signature main halls, such as the University of Virginia's Rotunda, Hayes Hall was envisioned and established to serve as the centerpiece of the campus, embodying the sense of rational logic, permanence and prestige of the new University of Buffalo educational system.

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