Demolition crew catches up with Echo Park Craftsman apartment house

Workers began tearing apart an Echo Park Craftsman-style apartment building today that was moved to its current location more than than 2-1/2 years ago to save it from demolition.

The two-story structure avoided being torn down in late 2010  to make away way for a new retirement apartment complex at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue.   Instead of knocking it down, the owners of the building –  The Foursquare Foundation, an affiliate of Angelus Temple – agreed to move the apartment building three blocks to a temporary site at the corner of  Park and Echo Park avenues until a buyer and a permanent home could be found.  But after a potential buyer failed to have  the Craftsman relocated,  the owners moved ahead with the demolition of  the 101-year-old apartment house.

The Foursquare Foundation agreed to move the apartment house instead of demolishing the structure following talks with the city and the Echo Park Historical Society (The Eastsider is a board member).  It’s not known what Foursquare Foundation or Angelus Temple, which owns the lot across from Echo Park Lake, plans to do with the property after the building is torn down.

Until the Craftsman-style building was moved to the lot in January 2011, the property had been vacant for about a decade after an apartment building once located on the same site collapsed, killing one man and injuring more than two dozen.

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