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Edgar C. Beck Hall

Former Names: University Bookstore (1931-1953), Faculty Club (1953-1962), Old Faculty Club (1962-1977)


Beck Hall, originally the university bookstore, is one of the many architectural jewels of UB's South Campus designed by E.B. Green. It was modeled after the Holland Land building in nearby Batavia, New York. Beck Hall presently houses the Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth.


Namesake:

Edgar C. Beck, M.D. (1895-1975) graduated from the University of Buffalo Medical School (Class of 1919) and joined its faculty in 1921.

One of the first physicians in the United States to treat diabetic comas, Beck received the Capen Award for alumnis in 1957. Retiring in the late sixties, he had served as a member of the Medical School faculty for nearly 50 years.


History and Chronology

  • 1930 -- Construction started
  • 1931 -- Construction completed
  • 1952 -- The University Bookstore moved to Norton
  • 1953 -- Building became the Faculty Club
  • 1962 -- Building became known as the Old Faculty Club when it served as offices for the Vice-president for Health Sciences and no longer used as a faculty club. (The Faculty Club moved into a wing of Harriman)
  • 1977 -- (January 26) The building was named Edgar C. Beck Hall by the SUNY Board of Trustees

Building and Construction Information

Architects: Edward B. Green
Cost: $29,141.01, paid for by the University and repaid by the Bookstore profits Size: 5748 sq. ft