Abbot Kinney

Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Abbot Kinney was a developer and conservationist.

At the age of 16, Kinney went to Europe, where he studied in Heidelberg, Paris and Z├╝rich and became fluent in six languages. A walking tour of Italy took him to Venice and the Italian Riviera.

Kinney is best known for his “Venice of America” development in Los Angeles, which opened on July 4, 1905.