Entries by EPHS

Lady of the Lake: Echo Park’s beloved statue

With the EPHS marking its 20th anniversary this year, we’re using our blog to celebrate some of our neighborhood’s finest landmarks. One of the most beloved is the Lady of the Lake, the statue produced in the depths of the Great Depression by Los Angeles sculptor Ada May Sharpless. The Art Deco statue, with its […]

A new year for looking forward — and back

Welcome to 2015! This mostly new year has special meaning for the Echo Park Historical Society. That’s because the EPHS has reached its 20th year as a community organization. I have to say, where did the time go? For those of you who are new to these parts, the EPHS was formed in 1995 by […]

Sharing Echo Park memories and photos at the Lotus Festival

 Logan Elementary circa 1970. Photo courtesy Eddie Barajas EPHS volunteers have been busy at this weekend’s Lotus Festival, where our booth and its display of historic photographs and info have attracted a lot of attention. Many newcomers have come by to learn about Echo Park history while many long time and former residents have also […]

Become a member of the Echo Park Historical Society!

Over the past few weeks, the EPHS presented a few of its gift suggestions for the 2013 holiday season — books, music and videos to stir lovers of history and design. We showed you glimpses of early Hollywood, from the whimsical location choices of the Three Stooges to the tragic tale of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. […]

Echo Park Holiday Gift Guide: Chavez Ravine, 1949

Chavez Ravine, 1949: A Los Angeles Story If you have lived in Echo Park for a serious length of time, you probably long for some kind of time capsule, one that holds dozens, maybe even hundreds, of photographs of our neighborhood: its people, its buildings, its landscape, its mementos. Those images would reveal the things […]

Echo Park Holiday Gift Guide: A slapstick comedy featuring The Three Stooges and our neighborhood’s hilly streets

Throughout Hollywood history, Echo Park has been a sometimes gritty, sometimes beautiful, backdrop for filmmakers. Gang members stood outside Magic Gas in Mi Vida Loca (1994). Jack Nicholson’s boat skimmed the surface of Echo Park Lake in Chinatown (1974). And of course, there are the scores of locally shot film shorts cranked out at the start […]