ECHO PARK - Are a set of bungalows from the 1920s historically significant? As developers try to replace the Spanish-Revival style dwellings at 1456 Echo Park Avenue with as many as a dozen new three-story homes, one tenant has nominated the 94-year-old cluster of residences as a historic cultural monument. Read More »
EL SERENO –– The Cultural Heritage Commission is scheduled to review a proposal later this week to create the neighborhood’s first historic district that would protect several blocks dotted with Craftsman-style homes and other historic buildings. Some of the first structures in the proposed El Sereno-Berkshire Craftsman ... Read More »
Last month the owners of a Mid-Century office campus located between Echo Park and Downtown let the city know of its intention to demolish the Sunset Boulevard buildings designed by noted Los Angeles architect William Pereira. But now, a developer that owns a swanky apartment tower ... Read More »
LOS FELIZ — The L.A. school board has approved spending $11 million to complete repairs to the Gothic-style main building and tower at Marshall High after the necessary work proved much complicated and costly than originally anticipated. In 2012 the school district approved spending $1.1 million ... Read More »
ANGELENO HEIGHTS -- Then one day, you find yourself responsible for a 96-year-old trolley car. That’s where Chris Wabich’s life is now, as he becomes the latest person to spearhead a cause - going on 70 years: Figuring out what to do with an old streetcar that used to run between Angeleno Heights and Downtown L.A. Read More »
BOYLE HEIGHTS – The Japanese Hospital was almost never built. The idea for the hospital was conceived during the 1920s at a time when Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans faced discrimination and sometimes were turned away at public medical facilities. After a group of Japanese doctors ... Read More »
BOYLE HEIGHTS — Passersby have begun to notice the first visible signs of a massive overhaul planned for the landmark Sears building at Olympic Boulevard and Soto Street. Workers have torn down a facade that was added in recent decades on the Olympic side of the ... Read More »
BOYLE HEIGHTS — During the more than 20 years it sat vacant, the former Linda Vista Hospital overlooking Hollenbeck Park was popular with film crews, vandals and ghost hunters who claimed the property was haunted. Now, after an extensive renovation and conversion into senior housing, the ... Read More »
The City Council on Wednesday approved declaring three properties in Echo Park, Elysian Heights and Mount Washington as historic cultural monuments, including the former home of the woman behind Mrs. Cubbison’s stuffing mix and a Mid Century residence designed by influential architect John Lautner. The city’s three newest ... Read More »
A Craftsman bungalow in Silver Lake once threatened with demolition is now in the process of being restored. But the story is different on the eastern edge of Echo Park, where a demolition crew showed up today in front of a 117-year-old with a sagging roof ... Read More »
ECHO PARK — Developed over more than a century, Echo Park’s housing stock includes a wide variety of styles, from Craftsman and Spanish Colonial bungalows to contemporary-style homes and apartments. Two properties now seeking to be declared city historic monuments – a Mid Century home designed ... Read More »
Miles away from the coast, in a narrow canyon near what is now Dodger Stadium, generations of navy and marine reservists were trained to fight a war at sea. The Naval and Marine Reserve Center, located in Chavez Ravine near Echo Park, opened just before World ... Read More »
ECHO PARK - A new, space-age-like chandelier now hangs over the lobby of the historic Jensen's Recreation Center on Sunset Boulevard. The new chandelier may not reflect the brick building's vintage style but it certainly does make for a fancy entrance.
HIGHLAND PARK — Passersby have been watching as the long-time home of Frank’s Highland Park undergoes a renovation, revealing a row of old windows and brickwork that had been covered up for decades by a large yellow and blue sign.
For lovers of old homes, the flipper is often a foe when it comes to preserving a building's historic charm and character. In addition to ripping out original built-in cabinets and tile, one of the most common old house features to wind up in the dumpster is molding - the decorative wood or plaster trim found around doorways and at the top and bottom of walls. Now, urban homesteader and Root Simple blogger Erik Knutzen of Silver Lake wants flippers to think twice before they rip out that molding.