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New book highlights architecture of Kleinhans Music Hall

A new book was recently released about Kleinhans Music Hall.  It was authored by a University at Buffalo architecture professor Brian Carter.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the book examines the great architecture of Kleinhans -- a National Landmark.

"One of the interesting things about the building is it was really designed by  two very famous architects from Fineland, and also, they were father and son," said Brian Carter's. His book examines  the unique qualities of Kleinhans - designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen.

"It is one of a very small number of buildings that they worked on together, and it is very significant from that point of view.   And then they also were designing that building at a time when there was a lot of curiosity about modern architecture and modern architecture could not make civic buildings...new civic building," said Carter. 

Built in the late 1930's -- Kleinhans opened in 1940 at Symphony Circle.  We, of course, know it as the home to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra offering great acoustic quality.

Carter's book also notes the unique design of the Mary Seaton Room across from the auditorium as well as its  furniture -- the Seaton Room chairs and the benches in the foyer.  

73-years after it opened Carter says Kleinhans still provides civic life for Buffalo