Edgar Jonas Kaufmann

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Edgar Jonas Kaufmann

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: April 15, 1955 (69)
Palm Springs, California
Immediate Family:

Son of Morris Kaufmann and Betty Kaufmann
Husband of Lilliane Sarah Kaufmann and Grace Arlene Kaufmann
Father of Edgar Jonas Kaufmann, Jr. and Betty Jo Stanford
Brother of Stella Mundheim; Martha C. Wolf and Oliver M Kaufmann

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About Edgar Jonas Kaufmann

Edgar J. Kaufmann Edgar J. Kaufmann (November 1, 1885 – April 15, 1955) was a prominent Jewish German-American businessman and philanthropist. A graduate of Shady Side Academy and Yale University, he owned and directed Kaufmann's Department Store, the most prominent one in 20th-century Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Edgar Kaufmann was the owner of two architectural masterpieces; the eastern mountain "Fallingwater" and western desert "Kaufmann House".

In Pittsburgh, Edgar Kaufmann generously financed the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Company, and donated US$1.5 million for the erection of the Civic Arena. Improving the infrastructure of the city was one of his concerns; another was art patronage.

In 1926, Kaufmann commissioned American artist Boardman Robinson to create a series of nine murals for his flagship department store in Pittsburgh on the history of trade, completed with automobile paint.

The architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed his executive offices on the top floor, now installed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.

Edgar Kaufmann was one of the "city's leading citizens" who welcomed Albert Einstein when he visited Pittsburgh in 1934. Einstein was later a house guest at their mountain retreat "Fallingwater".

Architect Benno Janssen designed several structures for Kaufmann including his Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania residence (1924–25) known as La Tourelle. The Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce in 1930 awarded an "Excellence in Design" for the facades. Additionally Janssen designed Kaufmann's Department Store in Pittsburgh.

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Edgar Jonas Kaufmann's Timeline

November 1, 1885
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
April 9, 1915
Age 29
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
February 25, 1928
Age 42
Ohio, United States
April 15, 1955
Age 69
Palm Springs, California