On March 15, 1925, the members of the Knights of Pythias Belvedere Lodge No. 326 gathered at 124 N. Townsend Street in East Los Angeles to lay the cornerstone for their new home, Castle Hall. “This building will be one of the finest east of the river,” said a Los Angeles Times story. That claim could not be made more than 80 years later when Magnus Walker and his wife, Karen, purchased the building in 2007. “Back then every window was boarded up, the roof leaked, the plaster was falling off the walls & pigeons were living inside,” said Walker in an email. The couple undertook a renovation of the 12,000-square-foot building – which had been used to store furniture – with plans to lease it out for film and television production. A few shows, such an “Heros,” were shot in the building. But Walker and his wife have now decided to try and sell the building for $1.3 million.
In addition to serving as a shooting location, the building could serve as a recording studio or a live-work space or even a community center or charter school, Magnus said.
“It’s got a lot of character,” Magnus said. “But I know it’s going to be a challenging sale.”
Photos courtesy Magnus Walker