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The following material was compiled by Dolores R. Buckley while researching the life of Frank T. Lent.

Frank T. Lent

Frank Townsend Lent was born in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. March 3, 1855. He was the son of David Barkins Lent and Louise M. Russell and died in Sterling, Ma. December 3, 1919. His father, David Barkins Lent was born in Pougkeepsie, N.Y. and died in Sterling, Ma. October 9, 1910.


Worcester Telegram and Gazette's headline of December 4, 1919.,"FT. Lent Dead at Sterling,"

Franklin Townsend Lent died yesterday at his home at Maple St. His death certificate lists the cause of death as "General Paresis Arteriosclerosis". He prepared for college at Poughkeepsie Military Institute, graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1878 with a B.S. degree, and in 1881 with a MS., this was followed by two years of postgraduate training in the New Jersey based architectural office of William A. Potter and finished his studies in Europe. He was a member of different fraternities. Delta, phi fraternity and Phi beta Kappa, member of the American Institute of Architecture. He was the author of three books “Sound Sense in Suburban Architecture’..... containing Hints, Suggestions and Bits of Practical Information for the Building of Inexpensive Country Houses”, with illustrations by the Author. Cranford, New Jersey 1893 and "Summer Homes and Camps, Containing Suggestions, Hints, and Practical Ideas, Sketches, Plans, etc. for the Building of Summer Houses" by Frank T. Lent ,Tremont Building, Boston, Ma.,and "A Summer Bungalow for $500 " with illustrations." He is also featured in "Bungalows, Camps and Mountain Houses”, 80 Classic American Designs by William Phillips Comstock and Clarence Eaton Schmerton (p. 50)

He married Fannie Deane in 1902 in Canada, who survives him with one son, Deane Lent born in 1907. The funeral will be from the home. Friday afternoon at 2 O'clock. Rev. Charles A. Place. Lancaster, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Sterling. Massachusetts.”

Paintings by Frank T. Lent

1.  SEASCAPE WATER COLOR SIGNED  14. 5 x 9 in.  inscribed N.Y by author, (sold on E-bay July, 2011
3.  NOVEMBER             The American Art Union
4. A JUNE MORNING " 'a marshy meadow, with pools of water
showing through the bright green of the grass and other vegetation   The American Art Union
5.  BRUNSWICK; Landscape with Houses signed, inscribed
"Brunswick "and dated June 29.-S3  oil on canvas  10x14 in. sold at Auction July 31, 2011 by   US Auction Gallery
From the Black and White exhibition of the Salmagundi Sketch Club 1878 -1887
9.   A LOWLAND SHORE      black and white $75.00
10.   A WINTER EFFECT black and white $ 35
11.  CANOE ON LAKE GEORGE    oil on canvas signed and dated
1884 14' h. 22 "w. Auction House sold 2011 by South Bay Auction Inc. USA

Note: Three Paintings were sold in the year 2011.


Bates Arlo   "Various Phases of American Art" 1883

Comstock, W.T. Bungalows, Camps and Mountain Houses, Washington DC: 1915

Cranford Chronicle. The N.J. March 5, 2010

duPrey, Pierre, Ah .Wilderness! Resort Architecture in the Thousand Island, 2004, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Virginia Lewick Archivist, 4079 Albany Post Rd. Hyde Park, NY 12538

Lent, Franklin Townsend: Sound Sense in Suburban Architecture, Cranford, N.J. privately published 1893.

____Sensible suburban residences: containing suggestions,hints, and sketches.plans, etc. for the building of country homes, published 1894 Harvard Book Store digitized by Google Books

_____Summer Homes and Camps: containing suggestions, Hints, and Practical ideas, sketches, plans, etc., for the building of Summer Houses

____Souvenir of Cranford, N.J. illustrated in 1884 promoting Cranford building sites and Homes

Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Archibald S. Alexander Library, New Brunswick, N.J. Catherine Carey Processing Archivist

Salmagundi Sketch Club Black & White Exhibitions 1878-87: A Guide to Etchings, Engravings, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Oils and Monotypes
Alexander W. Katlan, editor

Sterling Historical Society Maple St. Sterling., Ma. 01564 Sterling Public Library Aka Conant 4 Meeting Hill Rd. Sterling, Ma 01564 Sterling Town Hall Butterick Municipal Building 1 Park St. Sterling, Ma.

Worcester Telegram and Gazette 20 Franklin St. Worcester, Ma.


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