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Saturday, July 30, 2016

History

Historic Echo Park “mini-mall” now for sale

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ECHO PARK —  Many of Echo Park’s older homes and commercial buildings reflect a time before the automobile came to dominate Los Angeles.  Most shops and commercial buildings, for example, provided no parking at all for customers. If they did, the parking was in the back. ... Read More »

A light tour of Echo Park’s dark past

The Bat Man Murder House where Dolly Oesterreich hid her lover Otto Sanhuber in the attic until one night he shot her husband Fred./PHOTO BY Kim Cooper

Fun fact: If you go to a little parklet by Riverside Drive, you can see where The Hillside Stranglers dumped some of their victims. That, in fact, is one of the first stops on the Echo Park Book of the Dead Tour, which is rolling through Echo Park on Saturday, April 23rd. Read More »

Signs of the past revealed on Figueroa

Old windows revealed | Katrina Alexy

HIGHLAND PARK — The renovation of several commercial buildings along Figueroa Street have revealed historic features and forgotten names that have been hidden for decades behind newer facades. For example, a trio of arched windows and a painted “Highland Park Bowl” sign were recently uncovered as ... Read More »

Frank’s Highland Park Camera is gone but its sign will live on

The former home of Frank's Highland Park Camera | Rebecca Schiffman

HIGHLAND PARK -- The blue-and-white Frank's camera store sign has loomed over Figueroa Street for more than three decades, above what had been a well-known, family-owned camera shop. But the brick building was sold last October and is now undergoing an extensive renovation. So, what's going to happen to that oval Frank's sign? Don't worry, says the new owner. It's going to stay where it is. Read More »

Not everyone has been a fan of Echo Park’s Lady of the Lake

Eric Garcetti announced Echo Park Lake reopens June 15 5-9-2013 8-50-22 PM

ECHO PARK — It has been 80 years since the Lady of the Lake, an Art Deco-style statue created by Ada Mae Sharpless, made its debut at Echo Park Lake. The 14-foot-high cast stone figure has been photographed countless times and was restored and returned to its original, prominent spot at the tip of a peninsula that juts into the lake. But not everyone has been impressed with the goddess-like figure.

Hollywood finally gets Echo Park film history right

The Mack Sennett plaque was restored and installed at the correct location | Council District 13

ECHO PARK - In 1954 the NBC show This Is Your Life honored film industry pioneer Mack Sennett with a plaque on the site of the Mack Sennett Studio, where such silent film stars as Charlie Chaplin, the Keystone Cops and Mabel Normand churned out slapstick comedies on what is now Glendale Boulevard. It was a nice tribute but for many decades the plaque that proclaims "THIS IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF MOTION PICTURE COMEDY" was installed at the wrong spot.

Neighborhood Fixture: The Atwater apartments Gladding McBean built

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ATWATER VILLAGE -- The local tile and pottery factories of Gladding McBean & Co. at one point churned everything from pipes to the legendary "Desert Rose" dishware pattern sold under the Franciscan label according to a neighborhood history. The 40-acre Gladding, McBean plant on Los Feliz Boulevard was demolished in the early 1980s and replaced with the shopping center that now houses Best Buy, Costco and other retails. But next door on the on Perlita Street is a reminder of Gladding McBean ...

Angeleno Heights or Angelino Heights?

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Even the city-issued signs disagree about the correct spelling of the Victorian-era neighborhood next to Echo Park. Madalyn Rofer-Choate sent in this photo of the signs at Bellevue Avenue and East Edgeware Road that spell the neighborhood name two ways: Angeleno with an “e” and Angelino ... Read More »