2090 Jackson Street At Laguna
The following text is excerpted from the Historic American Buildings Survey Data Pages for the Whittier Mansion:
Built for William Franklin Whittier between 1894 and 1896, this massive Arizona sandstone building has passed through a number of
interesting owners. Occupied as a residence until the early 1940's, it was sold to the German Reich in 1941 as a San Francisco consulate.
Seized by the Alien Property Custodian (later transferred to the Attorney General of the United States) during World War II, it was
auctioned in 1950 to Mrs. Echo Leonetti, From her it passed to George and Mary Barton, thence to Robert Wilhelm and Isabelle and Paul
Dessez, and finally to the California Historical Society in 1956. Mortimer Adler's Institute of Philosophical Research occupied part of
the building from 1952 to 1955. It is one of the few major houses of the later 19th century to survive to the present day, and is an interesting
combination of massive Richardsonian Romanesque with Period styling. The architectural details of the interiors are exceptional in material and
in preservation; they reflect studious variations of historical sources which marked the end of 19th century American architecture.