13542 Starbuck Street is significant as an excellent example of Queen Anne architectural style. Dating from the end of the nineteenth century, Victorian-era architecture, including Queen Anne, combines innovative construction techniques, such as balloon framing, manufactured nails, and standardized component parts shipped to the construction site by rail with a romanticized image of the “picturesque.” Resulting houses constructed in this period incorporated asymmetrical plans that related to the interior flow of spaces and flamboyant exterior decoration.
13542 Starbuck Street was constructed by Franklin and Almra Milhouse, maternal grandparents of President Richard Nixon in 1897. The house remained in the Milhouse family for a century. The house was moved to its current location in 1951-1952 from its original location on County Road (now Whittier Boulevard).
Local designation date is July 7, 2015 (landmark #98). No Mills Act Agreement was in force at the date 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. Please contact us with updated information that you possess.