Whittier Historic Homes_2

Historic Whittier Homes

Jonathan Bailey House and Park, 13421 Camilla St. – Listed in the National Register of Historic Properties

Jonathan Bailey House - Whittier Historic Landmark #6Built in 1868 Whittier’s Oldest House is City of Whittier Historic Landmark #6

On May 11,1887 Jonathan Bailey and his wife Rebecca, recently arrived from Ohio, moved into a little white house on the John Thomas Ranch property just purchased by the Pickering Land and Water Co. which had been formed by Bailey, Aquila Pickering, Herve Lindley and John Painter for the purpose of establishing a Quaker Colony in California. The old ranch house was the only building on the ranch propery. The following Sunday Jonathan and Rebecca Bailey held a religious service on their front porch. Whittier’s first home, the Jonathan Bailey House, soon became the center of business, social and religious activities during the formative years of the Whittier Colony.

Early History of the Jonathan Bailey House

On December 2, 1868 Jacob F. Gerkens filed a claim to 160 acres just south of the Pio Pico rancho under the provisions of the United States Homestead Act of 1862. He paid $234 ($1.25 an acre) plus a $34 filing fee. This quarter section today lies north of Hadley St. and east of Greenleaf Ave. Before the filing date Gerkens, who was a sheep rancher, had built a small redwood cabin on the property. On March 25, 1870 Gerkens deeded the land to R.M. Town for $3,000 and moved to Los Angeles where he became a twice-elected member of the City Council and the first Los Angeles Chief of Police.

In 1880, though foreclosure, the Town property was acquired at a public auction for $4,002 by John M. Thomas, a farmer and rancher from Indiana, who was assembling his 1259 acre ranch through a series of land acquisitions. Thomas added two additional rooms, one wing on the east and one wing on the west, as well as a covered porch all around the original cabin. Later the west wing was extended and its roof raised to make the room larger. The kitchen and back bedroom were also enlarged by enclosing the porch and sloping ceilings were raised to the height of those of the rest of the house. The house then had six rooms, a fireplace and a porch across its front.

The Pickering Land & Water Co. acquires the John Thomas Ranch

In 1886 John Thomas sold his ranch to three investors for $33,000. The following year the lead investor, Dr. J. Mills Boal, President of the Los Angeles County Homeopathic Medical Society – and a minister’s son, met Aquila Pickering of Chicago, member of the Chicago Board of Trade and elder member of the Society of Friends who, at age 67, had come to California to establish a Pacific Coast Quaker Colony. A deal was forged and Pickering , Jonathan Bailey, Hervey Lindley and John Painter formed the Pickering Land & Water Company to purchase the Thomas Ranch property for $69,890.

Jonathan Bailey House, Whittier CA - listed in the National Register of Historic PlacesThe Jonathan Bailey House and Park Today

Members of the Bailey family continued to live in and/or own the house until 1973 when the Whittier Heritage Association was formed to “Save the Bailey House”. The property at 13421 Camilla St. was purchased, restored and deeded to the citizens of Whittier on January 7, 1975 and renamed the Jonathan Bailey House and Park. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 29, 1977. Read the details here and see the National Register images here. Public tours of the Jonathan Bailey House are provided by the Whittier Historical Society – details here.

Whittier Historic Homes – 1870 – 1942

11114 Orange Dr. - Harriet Strong House, Adobe - mix of styles, Whittier Historic Landmark #11
Located in West Whittier, north of Whittier Blvd.
13648 La Cuarta St. - Strawbridge House, Victorian, Whittier Historic Landmark #30
Located between Painter Ave. & College Ave.
12348 Dorland St. - Dorland House, Victorian, Whittier Historic Landmark #9
Located south of Beverly Blvd., west of Pickering Ave.
13634 Mar Vista St. - Holten-Haendiges Residence & Guest House, Modified Georgian Style, Whittier Historic Landmark #48
Located between Painter Ave. & College Ave.
8310 Comstock Ave. - Jordan House, Ranch House - Victorian, Whittier Historic Landmark #13
Located south of Whittier Blvd. near Walgreens
7758 College Ave. - Simon Murphy House, Queen Anne Victorian, Whittier Historic Landmark #14
Located between Mar Vista St. & La Cuarta St.
6537 Washington Ave. - Charles Sutherland House, Queen Anne Victorian, Whittier Historic Landmark #15
Located in the Central Park Historic District
6523 Bright Ave - Chase House, Victorian, Whittier Historic Landmark #16
Located west of the Central Park Historic District
6546 Friends Ave. - Sheridan House, Queen Anne Victorian, Whittier Historic Landmark #29
Located in the Central Park Historic District
13533 Bailey St. - Lindley Baldwin House, Whittier Historic Landmark #56
Located east of Painter Ave. near Hill Ave.
13709 Penn St. - Folk Victorian, Whittier Historic Landmark #94
Located between Painter Ave. & College Ave.
6547 Washington Ave. - American Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #107
Located west of the Central Park Historic District
6706 Newlin Ave. - American Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #84
Located between Hadley St. & Philadelphia St.
13542 Starbuck St. - Milhouse Residence, Whittier Historic Landmark #98
Located east of Painter Ave., behind the Quad Shopping Center
6532 Newlin Ave. - Queen Anne Victorian, Whittier Historic Landmark #83
Located between Hadley St. & Philadelphia St.
6516 Bright Ave. - Transitional Foursquare style
Located west of the Central Park Historic District
Located in the Central Park Historic District
7058 Milton Avenue - Folk Victorian style, Whittier Historic Landmark #82
Located between Philadelphia St. & Penn St.
6716 Newlin Avenue - Neoclassical style, Whittier Historic Landmark #85
Located between Hadley St. & Philadelphia St.
7055 Washington Avenue - Victorian style, Whittier Historic Landmark #24
Located south of the Central Park Historic District
6237 Greenleaf Avenue - Guirado House, Victorian style, Whittier Historic Landmark #17
Located west of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
6543 Washington Avenue - Thornburgh House, Whittier Historic Landmark #40
Located in the Central Park Historic District
5813 Washington Avenue - Warner-Snyder House, Whittier Historic Landmark #47
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
6221 Painter Avenue - Folk Victorian, Whittier Historic Landmark #87
Located in the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
12408 Philadelphia Street - Queen Anne, Whittier Historic Landmark #95
Located west of Pickering Ave. across from Whittier High School
6736 Pickering Avenue - Neoclassical, Whittier Historic Landmark #97
Located between Bailey St. & Philadelphia St.
6235 Bright Avenue - Craftsman, Stokes/Sullens House, Whittier Historic Landmark #33
Located in the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
6318 Washington Avenue - California Bungalow, Rios House, Whittier Historic Landmark #27
Located in the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
6055 Bright Avenue, Foursquare, Whittier Historic Landmark #61
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
7332 College Avenue - McGee House, 1910, Whittier Historic Landmark #44
Located north of Mar Vista St. & south of Franklin St.
6222 Painter Avenue - Craftsman, Built 1910, Whittier Historic Landmark #88
Located in the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
6526 Pickering Avenue - Craftsman, Whittier Historic Landmark #96
Located between Hadley St. & Bailey St.
6554 Friends Avenue - Johnson-Harrison House, Craftsman, Whittier Historic Landmark #2
Located in the Central Park Historic District
6317 Bright Avenue - Craftsman, Whittier Historic Landmark #28
Located west of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
6045 Painter Avenue - Smullins House, Craftsman / Shingle, Whittier Historic Landmark #23
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
6354 Painter Avenue -Tudor Revival, Washington Hadley House, Whittier Historic Landmark #93
Located in the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
6513 Washington Avenue - Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #31
Located in the Central Park Historic District
6056 Friends Avenue - Barr House, American Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #38
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
5810 Friends Avenue - Mediterranean Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #65
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
13440 Hadley Street - American Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #79
Located east of Painter Ave.
13536 Terrace Place, Whittier Historic Landmark #99
Located east of Painter Ave., north of Hadley St.
13537 Beverly Blvd., Leslie-Myers House, Whittier Historic Landmark #45
Near the beginning of Turnbull Canyon Rd.
6042 Bright Avenue - Craftsman wth Med. Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #60
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
6011 Friends Avenue - Mission Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #68
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
13225 Hadley Street - Winston Stoddy House, Mission Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #75
Located in the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
5826 Washington Avenue - Foursquare, Whittier Historic Landmark #102
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
8600 La Tremolina Lane - Wellesley House, Whittier Historic Landmark #12
Located west of Colima Rd., north of La Cuarta St.
5821 Painter Avenue -Coppock House, Spanish Colonial Revival, Whittier Historical Landmark #42
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
6331 Painter Avenue - Mission Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #91
Located in the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
13952 Summit Drive - Aubrey Wardman House, Spanish Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #5
Located north of Mar Vista St. & east of York Ave.
6324 Painter Ave. - Batson House, Spanish Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #34
Located in the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
6799 Worsham Dr. - Stoody House, Spanish Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #41
Located in the College Hills Historic District
5844 Bright Avenue - American Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #58
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
13606 Earlham Drive - Spanish Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #64
Located east of the Earlham Historic District
6022 Washington Avenue - American Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #103
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
7339 College Avenue - Spanish Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #63
North of Mar Vista St., SW corner of College Ave. & Franklin St.
5810 Bright Avenue - Eason House, Spanish Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #43
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
5818 Bright Avenue -Tudor Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #57
Located north of the Hadley Greenleaf Historic District
13420 Hadley Street -Bewley House, Tudor Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #78
East of the Painter / Hadley intersection
6013 Hoover Avenue -Tudor Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #81
South of Beverly Blvd near Founder’s Park
5538 Acacia Avenue - California Ranch Style, Whittier Historic Landmark #51
North of Beverly Blvd. at Maple St.
6522 Washington Avenue -Spanish Colonial Revival, Whittier Historic Landmark #106
Located in the Central Park Historic District
13535 Sycamore Drive, Whittier Historic Landmark #50
South of Beverly Blvd., near Turnbull Canyon Rd.
6054 Alta Avenue, Whittier Historic Landmark #52
East of Painter Ave., North of Broadway
11706 North Circle Drive, Whittier Historic Landmark #35
North of Beverly Dr., near Rideout Way
14932 La Cuarta Street, Whittier Historic Landmark #46
Near La Entrada Ave.
Advertisements
Advertisements

Celebrating the History and Historic Homes of Whittier, CA