Besides ice cream trucks and the Echo Park Avenue Dash bus, the slowest moving vehicle to travel the streets of Echo Park today will be a nearly 100-ton, 1912 Craftsman apartment house that is scheduled be moved three blocks tonight to a new, temporary home. A worker on the site this morning said it will take between two to four hours to move the two-story structure, which was recently tagged, from the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue to an empty lot at the corner of Park Avenue and Echo Park Avenue. Parking on both sides of Park Avenue, which runs along the north side of Echo Park Lake, will be prohibited from 8 p.m. today to 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The structure was the only building that was saved after a demolition crew cleared several lots in preparation for the construction of a new senior retirement apartment complex. The complex is being built by the Foursquare Foundation, an affiliate of Angelus Temple, the domed church across the street from the project. The Foursquare Foundation agreed to move the apartment house following talks with the city and the Echo Park Historical Society (The Eastsider is a board member). It’s not clear whether a permanent home has been found for the building.