Sheffield Hallam University is to rename one of its flagship buildings after the city’s most famous furniture designers and philanthropists, the Cantor family.
The award-winning building on Furnival Street – previously known as the Furnival Building – houses the University’s arts, computing, engineering and sciences faculty.
It will be named the Cantor Building, in recognition of a significant donation from the H and L Cantor Trust.
The Cantor family name is synonymous in the city with high quality design, and it was the late Harold Cantor’s wish to create a legacy which provided enduring benefits to Sheffield and its communities, by investing in its creativity and innovation.
The trust’s donation will be invested directly in student activities and services.
The building itself recently housed exhibits from the university’s acclaimed Creative Spark exhibition, and includes two galleries which are open to the public, providing real benefits for both students and residents alike.
The Cantor family began trading in 1920 and their famous furniture division opened its first store in Sheffield in 1927.
From there the company expanded, opening stores across the UK and at its height, the firm operated over 100 shops.
Lily Cantor will officially rename the building on Thursday, October 6.
Her daughter Dianne Jeffrey CBE DL, is married to former chair of the University’s Board of Governors, Nick Jeffrey, who said: “The Cantor family and Sheffield Hallam have a strong bond around creativity and innovation in design”
Hallam’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Jones said: “I would like to thank the H and L Cantor Trust for their generous donation to the university, and am delighted to have the opportunity to rename one of our most important buildings after one of Sheffield’s most famous families.”