Edgar J. Kaufmann was a prominent American businessman and owner of Kaufmann’s Department Store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Renowned for his patronage of modern architecture, he commissioned two of the twentieth century’s most iconic buildings: Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs, designed by Richard Neutra. His collaborations with these legendary architects not only reflect his deep appreciation for innovative design but also significantly impacted the development of modernist architecture, making his contributions pivotal in the architectural landscape of the era.


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