Bulldozers and demolition crews recently leveled several decades-old buildings in Echo Park in preparation for the construction of a towering, block-long the senior retirement complex across from Echo Park Lake. The only building to be spared was a Craftsman-style apartment house (pictured) built in 1912 near the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue. The structure is an increasingly rare example of the many shingled and wood-sided apartment buildings built during the first quarter of the 20th Century. The developer – Foursquare Foundation, an affiliate of the Angelus Temple – agreed to spare the structure after negotiations with the city and Echo Park Historical Society.* A man with the house moving company said today that the building will soon be moved to a church-owned lot at the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Park Avenue. That’s only a temporary location, however. It’s not clear where the 98-year-old building will find a permanent home or be preserved.
* The Eastsider is a board member of the Echo Park Historical Society.