13536 Terrace Place was constructed in 1920 for Evert M. and Mable Clare Hinshaw. Born in Indiana in 1882, Evert moved to Whittier in 1912 where he designed and constructed numerous residential, agricultural, and commercial buildings, in addition to a building for the Whittier Church of the Society of Friends. After working for contractor D.F. Copeland for two years, he acquired Copeland's business. Address for Evert M. Hinshaw Real Estate was 506 Greenleaf Avenue in 1926. He also owned several Whittier citrus groves.
This residence is significant for its unique design featuring elements of American Colonial and Tudor Revival architectural styles. American Colonial Revival is part of the larger Colonial Revival movement that grew out of the Philadelphia Centennial of 1876, contributing to the entire rebirth in interest in early American architecture along the Atlantic seaboard. The style gained popularity in the 1880s, but continued to be employed through the twentieth century. Eclectic English and French inspired Period Revival styles, like Tudor Revival, distinguished Whittier buildings constructed in the 1920s and 1930s. These eclectic styles were attributed to architects trained in the tradition of l’Ecole des Beaux Arts, a group of influential French design institutions that emphasized literal representations of European architectural precedents, while exuding aura of opulence through extensive detail during an economically prosperous era. Increased appreciation among Americans for Great Britain and France, precipitated by positive interactions with these countries during World War I and romanticized depictions of their architectural landscapes in motion pictures of the era, further contributed to popularity of architectural styles referencing these countries.
Local designation date was July 7, 2015. Identification #99. No Mills Act Agreement was connected to this residence at the time of local designation.
SOURCES: The information above has been obtained from the original local designation documents and edits from the Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association. It may also include ongoing current ownership input.