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Barnsdall, Aline

American, 1882 - 1946

Biography
Louise Aline Barnsdall was the daughter of oil tycoon Theodore Newton Barnsdall (1851-1917) whose own father, William had emigrated from England in the 1800s and struck oil in 1859. Aline studied theater in Europe and returned to the United States to begin a career in producing. Settling in Chicago, she commissioned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a theater for her company, the Little Chicago Theater. Wright also designed two Los Angeles residences for Barnsdall, Hollyhock House and Olive Hill.

Bibliography
1946
Obituary, New York Times. 19 December 1946:29:5
1992
Smith, Kathryn. Frank Lloyd Wright. Hollyhock House and Olive Hill: Building and Projects for Aline Barnsdall. New York, 1992:16-18
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