When it comes to replicating the features and details of that give old buildings character, many of today’s builders don’t have the time or budget to use the materials or techniques of the past. That’s the case in Echo Park were the builder of an approximately 90-unit retirement complex across from Echo Park Lake is trying to pass off the structure as a vaguely Spanish Colonial-Mission Viejo Mediterranean with a material not usually associated with a construction: foam. Last week, workers were placing white piece of foam – pictured above – shaped like corbels or brackets into the corners of apartment balconies. The blue film over the foam is supposed will help a layer of stucco stick to the foam, said one worker.
Of course, after a stucco-like coat is applied, bottom picture, some of the details the builders were seeking to replicate gets lost and blob-like. Perhaps it’s best to leave the foam off your new home – or apartment building – because you are not fooling anyone.