The making of the Silver Lake Reservoir; L.A. River adobe bricks now part of Westwood art exhibit

view from debs park by katrina alexy

View from Debs Park | Katrina Alexy

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  • The Silver Lake Reservoir is named after former water commissioner Herman Silver but it was actually built by William Mulholland. KCET
  • Hundreds of adobe bricks made from earth next to the L.A. River near Glassell Park are now part of an art exhibit at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. KPCC

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  1. Re the story about Silver Lake, interesting, but disappointing that this historian didn’t mention that it was a little lake, or little more than a mud puddle, before they dammed it and filled it as a big reservoir – something I think important to mention.

    And re its mention of Echo Park lake, too bad there he simply called it originally a reservoir. Yes, I suppose technically you could call it that, but that tends to make people think drinking water, especially in the context of a story about Silver Lake reservoir and the DWP and public ownership. He left readers thinking the DWP had it as a reservoir and then changed it over to a park — false. In fact, you would not want to have drank that water as Echo Park lake was made for a textile company to use in its textile production — textile companies need a water source! And so, it was not even public until it later became a park.

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