Echo Park’s Big Orange

Photo by Echo Park resident

Photo by Echo Park resident

ECHO PARK —  Nothing wrong with bright colors but this newly painted apartment building on Laguna Avenue has some neighbors reaching for their sunglasses.  The resident who snapped the photo above doubts the new orange-and-yellow palette was inspired by historic paint choices.


  1. Also, to note, this building is attributed to Rudolph Schindler according to http://www.ncmodernist.org/schindler.htm

    • Historian Charlie Fisher looked into this claim during the big Schindler retrospective at MOCA in 2001 and believes that Schindler’s design was for this site was completely unbuilt.

      This Schindler site contradicts itself but does show Schindler’s original drawing (which doesn’t look anything like what’s there) http://www.ncmodernist.org/schindler.htm

  2. it is palette unless you are talking about the place where taste buds reside…. which is palate and the person that chose this color scheme (or palette which is the range of colors available to an artist, generally speaking) clearly has their taste where they sit. Damned homophones are tricky.

  3. … and that bright orange got tagged in 3, 2, 1…

  4. Wonder who the owner is saying F U to.

  5. “Tropicalizing of cold urban space”, as Mike Davis would say. I dig it… seems more LA, IMHO, than all the muted shades of grey and horizontal fencing the flippers keep cranking out around town.

    • I’m on your side but yet I don’t live across the street. I’m sick of everything in black and grey’s … very Caifornian if tilted towards Miami. Which seems creepy when I put it that way.

  6. The property is owned by the Episcopalian church At 840 Echo Park Ave, has are a dozen properties on Laguna Ave.

  7. He’s saying FU to all HIPSTERS FU

    soft opening soon.

  9. LOVE it! Would be thrilled to look at something so cheery everyday! Neutral is for the suburbs!

  10. Love the color

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