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The main auditorium at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY on it's 75th birthday! Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the hall officially opened on Oct. 12, 1940. It has since welcomed millions through its doors, is renowned for its acoustics, is considered an architectural masterpiece and envelops the community in its unique gathering spaces. Kleinhans Music Hall was built thanks to the generosity and vision of Edward and Mary Seaton Kleinhans and the stewardship of their charitable dreams by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The Community Foundation was bequeathed the estates of Mr. and Mrs. Kleinhans, who made their fortune from the clothing store that bore their name, and who died within three months of each other in 1934. The hall was completed using funds from the Public Works Administration.
Kleinhans Music Hall was designed by the famous Finnish father-and-son team of Eliel and Eero Saarinen, along with architects F.J. and W.A Kidd. Kleinhans is known for its combination of graceful structural beauty and extraordinary acoustics. The design of Kleinhans Music Hall resembles the body of a string instrument, as does the main auditorium. Images © Joe Cascio Photography 2015