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Aline Louise Barnsdall

Female 1882 - 1946  (64 years)

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  • Name Aline Louise Barnsdall 
    Born Apr 01, 1882  Bradford, Chester county, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Dec 18, 1946  Los Angeles county, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Aline Barnsdall inherited a very large fortune from her father.  She traveled with her father throughout Europe, where she studied theatre.  She supported many radical causes and was watched by the FBI for 24 years.  Emma Goldman, a radical anarchist, was one of her friends.  She was a feminist (a single mother in an age when that was most unacceptable) and a devotee and producer of experimental theatre.  She was in Chicago in 1913, where a pioneering, avante garde theatre troop shared a building with Frank Lloyd Wright.  She subsequently brought Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler, and Richard Neutra to California to work on the avante garde theatre colony she envisioned and so is considered the mother of modern American architecture.
          Her father died in 1917, leaving his estate to be divided between Aline and her half-sister Frances, who bought out Aline's interest in the Barnsdall Oil Company for $3 million dollars.
          Roy George, a writer and author, agreed to be listed on the birth certificate as the father of Barnsdall's baby girl.  Her daughter, also named Louise Aline Barnsdall, and generally referred to as "Sugartop" was born in Seattle on August 19, 1917.  For his part, Mr. George received a ranch.
      1900 Philadelphia Ward 22, Philadelphia, PA, W. Chilton Ave, p. 195
      Aline Barnsdall, b. Apr 1, 1882, 18, student. PA...doesn't show birthplace of parents
      She is polled at the school. Starts with Principal (Joseph Dripps), his wife, son, teachers, then pupils, janitor and his wife, manager, then students, then servants. Not sure what the difference is between pupils and students. There are 2 pupils age 19 and 21, and 5 students between ages 10 and 19.
      ?? 1920 census, California, Orange, San Juan, series T625, roll 123, p. 256
      Barnsdall, Aline, head, 0, F, M, W, 36, M, born CA, parents PA, PA, farm operator
    Person ID I54984  mykindred
    Last Modified Dec 22, 2007 

    Father Theodore Newton "T.N." "Ted" Barnsdall,   b. 1851, Titusville, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 28, 1917, Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother [dau] Stitt,   b. circa 1855,   d.
    Married Jul 1881 
    Family ID F19407  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Richard Ordynski,   d.
     1. Louise Aline "Sugartop" Barnsdall,   b. Aug 19, 1917, Seattle, King county, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Y
    Family ID F19408  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Barnsdall, Aline Louise
    Barnsdall, Aline Louise
    Aline Barnsdall, aka the mother of modern American architecture.

  • Sources 
    1. [S531] California Death Index on-line.
      BARNSDALL, ALINE, 04/01/1882, mother STITT, father BARNSDALL, F , born PA, died Los Angeles county, 12/18/1946, 64 yrs