Benjamin Altman

Benjamin Altman (1840 – 1913) was born and died in New York City. He was the son of Bavarian Jews who emigrated to America in 1835 and opened a small store on Attorney Street in NYC.

In 1865, Altman founded B. Altman & Co. opening a store on Third Avenue and 10th Street in NYC. In 1906, he moved the business to Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. Benjamin Altman died without heirs. Shortly before the death, he founded the Altman Foundation. Until 1985, it owned B. Altman & Co., which latter closed the last store in 1990.

Benjamin Altman was an avid collector of Rembrandt paintings and china. Upon his death, he donated the collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

External links

* [http://www.altmanfoundation.org Altman Foundation]


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