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Historic Preservation

Historic nomination for Echo Park bungalow court moves forward

ECHO PARK — The Cultural Heritage Commission today agreed to consider whether a 1920s bungalow court threatened with demolition is worthy of being declared a city historic landmark. The nomination was submitted by one of the tenants of the Wurfi Court  at 1456 Echo Park Avenue  after the owner moved to demolish the rent-controlled bungalows and build up to a ... Read More »

Can historic designation save an Echo Park bungalow court?

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 historic district comes up for review

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 District were built more than a century ago as the area grew in popularity with ... Read More »

School board approves $11 million to repair iconic Marshall High buildings

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 to fix the exterior after pieces of brick and concrete began to fall off ... Read More »

Peeling away the present reveals the past of the Boyle Heights Sears store

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 building, revealing some of the older – albeit dusty- Art Deco details of the ... Read More »

Remake of Boyle Heights’ “Haunted Hospital” wins historic preservation honor

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 same property is being hailed as an exemplary form of historic preservation. On Thursday, ... Read More »

City Council approves new Echo Park and Mt. Washington historic landmarks

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 historic landmarks vary widely in style and background: ECHO PARK — The Restovich House ... Read More »

Preservationists win one in Silver Lake, lose one in Echo Park

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 that a developer wants torn down. Neighbors had met with developer Brad Weinstock to ... Read More »

Echo Park homes – including a Lautner – from different eras seeking historic landmark status

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 by John Lautner and a century-old Neoclassic home – underscore the neighborhood’s architectural diversity. ... Read More »

A World War II relic might become Los Angeles’ newest historic landmark

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 War II with a radio tower, basement pool and a football sized “drill deck” ... Read More »

Jensen’s meets Jetsons

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.