6221 Painter Avenue was built in 1905. The residence was constructed for Frank L. and Minnie Shephard. Frank was a teacher at Whittier Union High School.

This residence is significant as an excellent example of Folk Victorian architectural style with elements of Shingle style. Dating from the end of the nineteenth century, Victorian-era architecture 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. Transitional styles, like Shingle, represent the transition from the Victorian-era styles of the late 1800s to the Craftsman style of the early 1900s and often individual buildings will incorporate less elaborate elements of both styles.

Local designation date is July 7, 2015. Identification #87. There was no Mills Act Agreement in force at the time 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.