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Friday, May 22, 2015

Work In Progress: New sign honors old Echo Park repair shop


The property at 1519 Echo Park Avenue includes three separate buildings that span several decades and building styles. In the back is a two-story, Spanish-Colonial style building from 1926; in the middle is a 100-year-old Craftsman-style home and in the front is a stucco box from 1946 that once housed a television and radio repair shop. The new owners have been busy restoring all three buildings, including painting a  “Radio Television” sign with a bolt of electricity on the side of the old repair shop.  Nice touch.

It’s not clear if the owners plan to flip this property or rent them out but they get extra points for that sign.

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Craftsman home and Spanish-Colonial buildings are located behind the repair shop.

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7 comments

  1. Great to see. I pass by this every day, the renovation looks great, the place was rundown and decrepit and now looks revitalized, but also has retained its character. Who ever the owners are great job. We need 100 more of you to do the same to all the properties along Echo Park. Hope a fun new business goes in. Will be nice if one day all those security bars can come down. Good Luck with the renovation and thanks for doing it.

    • Hi everyone =)

      Oh gosh thank you all for all of your supportive and positive comments! We are very excited about the project and so is Walter =) who is very much alive and doing great! He loves to see the place coming back to life and loves to spend time with us sitting on the front porch whenever possible! He still lives nearby and still loves to share his many stories with anyone who’ll listen =). We hope to have the project complete within the next few months and definitely plan to rent the front commercial building out to a thriving business and are looking for really nice people to rent the three apartments out to in the back =). The main house will remain Walter’s to visit anytime. Thank you all for caring so much about Walter and the project. I grew up on Echo Park, went to Elysian Heights, and King Jr High–it is such a blessing to see what a wonderful change has taken place in the neighborhood since then and to also be able to be a part of that positive change. We live out of the area now, however, we come down every couple of months and hope to meet you all one of these days…please swing by and say “Hi” anytime. Thank you so much!

  2. My husband and I meet Mr. Walter, he is or was a nice guy, he lived in that property since he was a child, almost 70 years, he rented the commercial space to a guy who used to repair the tv and stereo in the 80’s , beside Mr. Walter his hobby he had forever was amateur radio.

  3. This was Walter Csida’s place; I think about him whenever I pass the property, although I haven’t seen him there for years; he must have died. Walter loved to share long stories as he stood outside his home, keeping an eye on his block.. For those who remember Ron Emler, Walter thought a great deal of Ron and his crime fighting..

  4. I remember Walter. Nice guy. It truly warms my heart to know there are good people out there willing to breathe life back into a property like this one. Kudos to the new owners. The neighborhood appreciates what you are doing and I am sure Walter would be too;) Thank you!

  5. Please, please, please put a retail business in the front building! It would be great to see retail spaces return along EP Ave. Small businesses like the Echo Park liquor, Hecho in Echo, OtherWild, Blue Collar, Fix, etc. that serve the local community are always welcome!

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