Pump house demolished. Photo by Stephen Roullier
A heavy-duty construction shovel today demolished the cinder-block pump house on the north end of Echo Park Lake as part of an $85-million lake clean up project. Few if any residents objected when city engineers announced that the pump house, erected at the tip of a peninsula that juts into the lake, would be torn down and relocated to a new location on the south end of the lake. The frequently tagged building, which contained mechanical equipment, marred a vista of the lake and occupied a spot that once served as the original home of the Lady of the Lake, a 1930s Art Deco-style statue that was removed after it had been heavily damaged. After the Lady of the Lake was restored in the late 1990s, the statue had to be located on the east side of the lake since the pump house had taken its place.
“I’ve been looking forward to the day that abomination was torn down,” said Stephen Roullier, who took photos of the pump house being torn down. “The new pump house is near the south east corner – a much better location.”
Now, with the pump house gone, the stage is set for the Lady of the Lake to return to her original and prominent lake front spot. The before-and-after images below depict how the peninsula will change with the removal of the pump house and return of the Lady of the Lake. Roullier, who snapped the demolition photo above, also took a photo in 1974 that shows what the Lady of Lake looked like in its original location.