Wednesday, October 26, 2016

If you like watermelon, this Echo Park apartment complex is for you

Echo Park Watermelon apartments

ECHO PARK — Last year an investment group called Timberlane Partners paid $7.2 million for the Mediterranean-style apartment complex at Echo Park Avenue and Fairbanks Place, with one of the new owners saying the goal was to make the place look like a “Moroccan boutique hotel.” What does a Moroccan boutique hotel look like? Apparently a lot of watermelon-colored paint is involved given the work now under way at the 32-unit building.

One section of the complex, most of which was built in the early 1920s, consists of eight, separate two-story buildings that step down the hillside from Fairbanks Place to Echo Park Avenue. At one point  the apartments were known as McCallister Manor, with the name prominently displayed on a roof-top neon sign that is long-gone.

Echo Park Watermelon apartments

Echo Park Watermelon apartments

Echo Park Watermelon apartments

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  1. This will certainly make that building complex more cheery. Certainly better than prison beige. Hopefully it will inspire more restoration and renovation of the other historic properties in the area..

  2. Probably not the owners’ highest priority, but putting tile back on the roof would go a long way to adding more character.

    • I think that could very well happen. The new owners have deep pockets, I think the place will probably look a lot better when they are done.

  3. Moroccan boutique hotel? Is that where they plan to house the terrorists?

    • Look, Mommy, it’s a live breathing racist! They still exist! They’re just like cockroaches, coming out of the woodwork to post online, and then they retreat back into the hollows, like the shady little shits they are.

      • I don’t get it. Joey is a racist because he points out that MOST terrorist come from that region of the world? Please.

    • Nah. The gangs already live all over EP so they don’t need a Moroccan hotel, just a run down place with junk piled in the front yard to rest up after a night of tagging over other people’s hard work is all they need.

  4. I actually like the new paint! The boring bone white wasn’t doing these lovely buildings any favors. The bright color really brings out the arches and cool retro beauty. A friend lives inside one of the units, and happy to say they’re in great vintage condition. We’re lucky that this complex survived — not many bungalows left in the area, and more are disappearing every day.

  5. They put another layer of mottled reddish paint over the pink that makes it look more like roadkill than watermelon. It is far brighter than anything else around and nothing like the more dignified, muted earth tones I expected based on their stated aesthetic plans for the property. I wonder whether Julius Schulman would have photographed it looking this way as he did when it was its original color in 1978.

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