5847 Bright was built in 1930 for Clarence W. Pinkerton and his wife, Sadie, and their son. It is identified as landmark #59 in the local Whittier registry and no name has been ascribed to it from the local designation process.

This residence is an excellent example of Tudor Revival architectural style. Paralleling rise of Spanish Colonial Revival, eclectic English and French inspired Period Revival styles, including 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. This residence was built for Clarence W. Pinkerton, President of Retail Lumber in 1930. Originally from Illinois, Clarence lived with his wife Sadie, who was from Kansas, and son.

The local designation date is July 7, 2015. This “local designation” is formally known as the CITY OF WHITTIER OFFICIAL LOCAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC RESOURCES. No Mills Act Agreement has been adopted for this house as of the date of local designation.

SOURCES: The information on this page is correct to the best of our knowledge. It 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.


revised: June, 2016