AKA: Secrest Housing Development, Whittier, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses - tract houses

Designers: Fickett, Edward H., FAIA, Architect (firm); Secrest Construction Company (firm); Edward Hale Fickett (architect); H. M. Secrest (building contractor); John D. Secrest (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1950-1951

5700 Palm Avenue
Palm Park, Whittier, CA 90601

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The architect Edward H. Fickett (1923-1999) designed 90 two- and three-bedroom houses for the Secrest Construction Company in 1950. A Los Angeles Times article of 04/16/1950 indicated: "...Francis C. and Marguerita Tomlinson have sold a 15-acre orange grove in Whittier to the Secrest Construction Co., Whittier firm. The property is located on Palm Street, between Broadway and Beverly Boulevard." (See "New Whittier Tract Planned," Los Angeles Times, 04/16/1950, p. D7) The tract was centered on Palm Park, later donated to the City of Whittier, which contained play equipment, a softball field, basketball court, lighted tennis courts, par golf course, horseshoe pit, and picnic areas with barbecues.

PCAD id: 16866