Echo Park hillside apartments might become a landmark today *

The  City Council is scheduled today * to vote on a proposal to declare the Lento Brick Court on Sunset Boulevard a historic-cultural monument. The 1928 complex built by an Italian immigrant and hat maker was nominated by the Echo Park Historical Society (The Eastsider is a board member)  as a “rare example of a mixed use complex of commercial store fronts and a residential hillside bungalow court.”  The Lento Brick Court, located in the 1200 block of Sunset Boulevard, is one of several hillside bungalow courts found on both sides of Sunset Boulevard between Elysian Park Avenue and Marion Street. This type of courtyard housing was popular among builders and residents during the early part of the 20th Century.  In Echo Park, the builders of these bungalows courts adapted their developments to the hilly terrain, creating terraces of tiny homes that climbed the steep hills.

* Update: The City Council voted in favor of the declaring the Lento Brick Court a historic cultural monument.


  1. Yay, very glad to hear. These are the sorts of structures I love. We’ve already lost too many.

  2. I think historic status and the protections that go with it should be relegated only to things that truly stand out a notch above the rest, really capture a moment in some truly significant history, are better quality representations of that. I think the designation should be uncommon.

    I don’t think this place measures up. I don’t think this place is of any real significance.

  3. @Tom. Going by your criteria, sounds like we should nominate the Orsini, or Orsini-village!

    Hooray for the Lento and many more unique to Echo Park, Hillside bungalow Courtyards. May it be the first of many.

    Without them, LA will continue to be the City with no past.


  4. I often walk past them or wait for the bus across the street, and I’ve always loved to look at them. The design’s lovely, and people are always outside on the steps chatting or playing.

  5. A friend of mine grew up in these apartments. It was a very interesting place to spend time as a kid I loved the communal feeling everybody knew everybody. I’ll have to tell them the news.

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