Echo Park Lake Boathouse to lose its bronzed look

The $1.3 million renovation of the Echo Park Lake Boathouse that was completed  early last year  included new plumbing and electrical systems,  the installation of a new red-tiled roof and repairs and restoration of old wood doors and windows. Even the top of the lighthouse got new copper collar. But perhaps the most striking change to the boathouse was a new paint color:  a bold, dark shade of  what looks like either bronze or cinnamon.  But it turns out that color is not historically accurate, so a paint job has been ordered for the neighborhood landmark.

The boathouse and the entire lake have been designated as a city historic landmark in part to help preserve the most notable historic features  Old photos of the boathouse, which was constructed in 1933,  show a white or cream colored building. In the years before the renovation took place, the small building had been painted shades of beige.  Now, the city is preparing to paint the boathouse “Navajo White”  under a  motion sponsored by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. Says the motion:

The boathouse must now be restored to it historically correct color, “Navajo White,” as approved by the Cultural Heritage Commission and the Office of Historic Resources.

The change of color, which will cost $47,000 in addition to other maintenance, was approved by the City Council earlier this week.

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