Edward Austin Kent


Edward Austin Kent, born in 1854 and departed with the Titanic, moved to Buffalo at the end of the CivilWar. His parents co-owned Flint & Kent which was one of the finest dept. stores in Bflo. In1884, Kent started an architectural practice, designing the homes of many prominent Buffalonians as well as the Otto Building (Theatre Place), the Cornell Mansion, Temple Beth Zion, etc. He also designed the fabulous mosaic floor of the Ellicott Square Building. When heading home to America after a trip to France and Egypt, he joined other first-class passengers on the Titanic. Just before the ship sank, he assisted his friend and fellow first-class passenger to safety. They survived to speak of Kent’s heroism. Kent was the only person from Bflo known to go down with the Titanic. [1a,10]

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