Frick, Helen Clay (3 Sept. 1888–9 Nov. 1984), philanthropist and art historian, was born Helen Childs Frick in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third child of Henry Clay Frick and Adelaide Howard Childs Frick. Her upbringing was one of extraordinary privilege as her father, the controversial industrialist and art collector, showered his family with every luxury. Little of her father’s public reputation as a ruthless businessman and strike breaker would touch her idyllic childhood at Clayton, the family home. Helen was intensely devoted to her father, seen especially in her decision around age ten to change her given middle name to his own....
Melanie Linn Gutowski
Corp author Bain News Service
Portrait of Helen Frick, between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920 by Bain News Service
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 [LC-B2- 5094-8]