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Born to a chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company, Franklin Abbott became an architect and artist. He graduated with a degree in art from Yale University in 1902 and worked as an architect in Pittsburgh, where he founded the firm Janssen & Abbott (active 1906-1918) with fellow architect Benno Janssen. During the 1920s, Abbott lived in New York where he was a good friend of Christopher Morley and a member of the Three Hours For Lunch Club; he appears throughout Morley's diaries, and in his address book from 1924 is an entry for "Frank Abbott's bootlegger."
Franklin Abbott's Drawing of the Flat Iron Building, New York City, 1932
In addition to working as an architect, Abbott on occasion contributed illustrations to newspapers and periodicals and designed settings for at least one Broadway play, The Way Things Happen (1924). This sketch once belonged to Christopher Morley.