7332 Whittier Avenue was built in 1908, It is landmark #109 and has no name associated with the original builder given to it during the local designation process. This residence was home to Ralph E. Chase, a rancher and Secretary of the Orchard Dale Water Company in 1920, as listed in the 1920 Whittier City and Suburban Directory. Originally from Illinois, Ralph lived with his wife Gertrude L., who was from Illinois, and a son.
This residence is significant as an excellent example of Folk Victorian architectural 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.
Local designation date is July 7, 2015. No Mills Act Agreement was attached to this property at the time 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.