Going, Going, Gone: Echo Park Craftsman demolished

Demo work begins on Wednesday/The Eastsider

Less building, more rubble/Rebecca Dessertine

Not much left by this afternoon/ Jeanne Wyshak

It did not take long for demolition crews and some heavy machinery to tear apart a 101-year-old Craftsman-style apartment building in Echo Park. The demolition began on Wednesday morning and continued today as passersby stopped to take photos as the two-story building at the corner of Echo Park and Park avenues was reduced to a pile of splinters.

The building  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.   Following talks with the city and the Echo Park Historical Society,*  the Foursquare Foundation,  owners of the structure, 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 apartment house.

* Jesus Sanchez, Publisher of the The Eastsider, is a board member of the historical society

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