6513 Washington Avenue was built in approximately 1916 by Dr. Allen Osmun. The architect was Alfred W. Rea, A.I.A. and Charles E. Garstand. The contractor was Lee Smith.
Dr. J. Allen Osmun was considered one of Whittier’s “most prominent citizens” upon his death in 1918. He was President of the Whittier National Bank and Home Savings Bank. He lived in the area approximately 14 years and owned ranches in Pico Rivera, Yorba Linda, and Redlands. Dr. Osmun did not start out as a farmer nor was he a native Californian.
This home at 6513 Washington Avenue is a Colonial Revival style structure located within the Central Park Historic District. It has a prominent side-gabled roofline, single/double-hung sash windows, symmetrical front elevation, front porch accentuated with classical columns, sidelight windows along main entrance, and multi-paned fenestration throughout. As witnessed through examination of the original blueprints, very few modifications have been made to the front elevation over the years. The original windows, windows shutter, the entrance columns, and the wood siding and trim appear to have been retained in their entirety. The house appears to be in good condition [as of 1997] and could be deemed excellent with minor exterior repairs and paint.
Local designation date is October 28, 1997. This is landmark #31. There was a Mills Act Agreement connected to this residence at the time of its 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.