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Historic Filipinotown stories, photos and more

Temple Street development chases after Silver Lake cafe society

New apartment building rising on Temple Street south of Silver Lake

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN -- A new, block-long apartment building now rising on Temple Street is one of several new and proposed residential projects that are seeking tenants priced out of Silver Lake and Echo Park. But the coffee houses, Pilates studios and vegan-friendly restaurants found a few blocks north are in short supply on Temple.

Skeletons, complaints and delays haunt renovation of former Rampart police station

The renovation of the former Rampart station is running behind schedule

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN -- The conversion of the former Rampart Division police station into the stylish new headquarters for the SWAT team was slated to be been finished next month. But the building remains a hollowed-out eyesore, and the completion date has been postponed until next year in part because construction was temporarily halted following the discovery of skeletal remains. Read More »

Laughing skull joins neon giraffe in time for Halloween

After moving into their new Temple Street offices in the Historic Filipinotown section of Echo Park, the animation firm Screen Novelties restored a 14-foot high sign of a neon giraffe that hangs from the side of their building.   Now, the giraffe has some competition for the ... Read More »

A bad sign for Historic Filipinotown building

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One of the notable features of the Lewelleyn Manor apartments is the blue-and-white neon sign that sits on the roof of the four-story building at Temple Street and Rampart Boulevard. But the view of that vintage sign has now been partially blocked from some vantage points ... Read More »