ECHO PARK — An 111-year-old house on Morton Avenue looks like it is being demolished. But, at least as far as the city is concerned, this is major remodel – not a demolition.
Building permits for the house at 1708 Morton Avenue describe this project as a “ground floor addition and major remodel to single-family dwelling to create new bedrooms/bathroom in front and attached garage/laundry room at rear.”
Still, as far passersby are concerned, this old house is gone. At least some vintage concrete-like portals – similar ones can be found on adjacent properties – at the front of the property are still standing – for now.
Update: Owner Vanessa Guillen, in a comment to the story, disputed the age of the age house provided by online city records and the tone of the story. While the original portion of the home was built in 1903, the structure was completed or underwent a major reconstruction in 1926. She said the remodeled home will reflect a style that is compatible with the Craftsman and other original homes found in the neighborhood. Guillen said:
I would like to start off my saying that I am the owner of the home at 1708 Morton Ave. second the home is not 111 yrs old as the article claims. The home was built in 1920. The home was never considered as part of the historical story of echo park and since 1920 several additions have been made to the home. My family purchased the home in 1982 and have lived there since then. After much debate amongst my family, we decided to remodel the home because it was very hard to us to live in a home that contained constant painful reminders of a loved one that we lost last year and after seeing the outrageously priced homes in the area we decided that remodeling would be the only way that we could still remain in the beautiful neighborhood that we have loved and lived in for over 30 yrs.
So before you snooty article was published, maybe your writers should have done their homework and actually spoken to us, instead of posting this inaccurate, remodel bashing, and outlandish article.