5818 Bright Avenue was built in 1930, is landmark #57 and has no name associated when it was given local designation.
This home is significant as an excellent example of Tudor Revival architectural style. Paralleling rise of Spanish Colonial Revival, eclectic English and French inspired Period Revival styles 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.
This residence was built for Louis G. Van Bellen. Originally from Wisconsin, Louis owned a shoe store at 110 N. Greenleaf Avenue and lived with his wife Adelaide, who was from Michigan, and son.
Local designation date is July 7, 2015.
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.