Many artists resent being priced out of warehouses and industrial buildings to make way for pricey “loft-style” condos and apartments. Well, in Echo Park, artists have taken advantage of a retrenching real estate market that’s undermined demand for pricey loft-style living. LA Fonderie, a fine arts foundry, and a group called Keystone Art Studio have filled a cluster of warehouses and storage buildings on Glendale Boulevard near Aaron Street. Only a few years ago, a developer planned to transform these buildings into 28 condos and garden space (pictured at right) designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy. But Artisan House Lofts was never built and the buildings sat vacant.
Earlier this year, however, LA Fonderie began seeking artists to rent out working studios featuring 12-foot high ceilings. Tall trees and bushes that obscured the complex, located between an animal hospital and an automotive repair shop, were recently cut away and the facade repainted muted shades of gray. Murals cover portions of the back of the building (pictured above). On Saturday night, the complex will host an Open Studio Party.