A slow moving, 99-year-old, 100-ton Craftsman apartment house took about 30 minutes to travel three blocks early this morning to a new – albeit temporary - home in Echo Park. The two-story structure, the only building that was not knocked down to make way for a retirement apartment complex at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue, was pulled by heavy-duty tractor truck past Angelus Temple, Echo Park Lake and some bewildered night owls to an empty lot at the corner of Park and Echo Park avenues. The move began at about 1 a.m. when 74-year-old Ted Hollinger, who has moved about 5,000 buildings in his lifetime, gave the go-ahead to his son Jim, who was driving the truck, to step on the gas. With a lurch, the brown shingled craftsman moved down off its lot and veered to the north on to Glendale Boulevard before making a right turn (shown in the video) on Park Avenue.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m., the house and its moving crew had reached Echo Park Avenue. One of the onlookers was Jim Tracy, who lived for nine years in a second floor corner apartment in the Craftsman building. He noted that the Craftsman would travel past his new apartment building. “My old place is going to move past my new place.”
Some early morning walkers did a double-take at the sight of the newly relocated apartment house (bottom photo) on what had been an empty lot the day before. The Foursquare Foundation, an affiliate of Angelus Temple, arranged to move the apartment house to the empty lot until a permanent location can be found.
Top photo by Stephen Roullier; bottom photo by The Eastsider