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Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Weill House

 
 
Weill House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Weill House Marker
Inscription.
Built on the southeast corner of 17th and H Streets in Bakersfield in 1882, Alphonse and Henrietta Weill’s house was considered “modern” for its day because of the high ceilings, long hallway, and indoor plumbing.

In 1870, Alphonse Weill migrated from France to Kern County. He originally settled in the mining town of Havilah to pursue a career as a merchant. Two years later, Alphonse moved to Bakersfield and later opened his own general merchandise store. Alphonse was a successful businessman operating his store in Bakersfield for more than 70 years.

Henrietta Levy Weill, a native of San Francisco, came to Bakersfield at the time of her marriage in 1882. Alphonse and Henrietta had four children, Blanche, Irma, Adele and Lawrence. A member of numerous civic organizations, Henrietta worked to improve the lives of Kern County residents through education and social service. The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic is named in her honor.

The Weill family donated the house to the Museum in 1950.
 
Erected by Kern County Museum.
 
Location. 35° 23.556′ N, 119° 1.303′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Chester Avenue.
Weill House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Weill House and Marker
Touch for map. Marker and house are located across from the Carpenters Shop at Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norris School (a few steps from this marker); Fairhaven Pump House (a few steps from this marker); Gazebo (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint John's Episcopal Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); Havilah Courier (within shouting distance of this marker); Joss House (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Bena Depot (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker at the original site of the Weill House
 
Also see . . .
1. The First Women of Kern County. Henrietta Weill was a strong supporter of the kindergarden movement. When the school district stated that they could not support a kindergarden, Henrietta and several other women joined together in the support of a kindergarden teacher. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Rear View of the Weill House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
3. Rear View of the Weill House
 

2. The History of the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic. The Clinic was named in memory of Henrietta Weill, who was a member of a prominent Bakersfield family and who was known for her progressive thinking and leadership in relation to children's social service issues. She was married to Alphonse Weill, the proprietor of a local mercantile store in Bakersfield. They had four children: Blanche, Irma, Adele and Lawrence. In addition to taking care of her own children, Henrietta was very interested in educating other young children. She also established the first kindergarten in Bakersfield. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. Plaque at the Original Site of the Weill House. This plaque was placed in 1980 by the Peter LeBeck Chapter of E Clampus Vitus. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photos:
Alphonse Weill, circa 1875
Henrietta Weill, circa 1882

Lower Photo:
Alphonse Weill’s store, circa 1885
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
5. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
The Weill house on 17th Street, circa 1890 Lower Photo:
Irma, Henrietta and Alphonse Weill in their front yard in 1902 (Howell House in background).

[For information on the Howell House see “Howell House” marker.]
Plaque on Display in the Interior Hall of the House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
6. Plaque on Display in the Interior Hall of the House
Presented
to
Alphonse Weill Lawrence Weill
Whose practice of the Golden
Rule, kind consideration and
generosity have won the lasting
esteem and effection of us all

Weills Employees
Pleadge their loyalty
and united effort
1940
The Weill House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
7. The Weill House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,006 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   7. submitted on December 12, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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