Come watch “Wonder Woman” with us at Echo Park Lake

ECHO PARK – Free movies at the Lake continue as we gear up for the next screening on Saturday, August 11: Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.

The movie begins at 8 pm near the northwest corner of the lake by Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue.

This theme of this year’s Echo Park Film Series  is ‘heroines and female role models.’ Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and join us!

Join us for this weekend’s Echo Park Lotus Festival — Walking Tours & Historic Photo Display

Join us for Echo Park Lake Walking Tours during the Lotus Festival, Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 at Echo Park Lake.

Walking tours are scheduled for 1 pm on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15. Sponsored by the Echo Park Historical Society, the tour includes a discussion of the origins of Echo Park Lake, a tour of the edge of Angeleno Heights, the site of the American Institute of Mentalism and Angelus Temple. We also talk about the recent renovations of Echo Park Lake.

This is a slightly strenuous tour with three Echo Park staircases. Building interiors are not included. Free for EPHS members and $5.00 for non-members, the walking tours begin at the Echo Park Historical Society booth located in front of the lotus bed near Glendale Boulevard and Montrose Street. To RSVP email  ephs@historicechopark.org. Please include the number of people in your reservation.

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Discover neighborhood history on the Echo Park Lake Walking Tour

Join us for Echo Park Lake Walking Tours during the Lotus Festival, Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 at Echo Park Lake.

Walking tours are scheduled for 1 pm on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15. Sponsored by the Echo Park Historical Society, the tour includes a discussion of the origins of Echo Park Lake, a tour of the edge of Angeleno Heights, the site of the American Institute of Mentalism and Angelus Temple. We also talk about the recent renovations of Echo Park Lake.

This is a slightly strenuous tour with three Echo Park staircases. Building interiors are not included. Free for EPHS members and $5.00 for non-members, the walking tours begin at the Echo Park Historical Society booth located in front of the lotus bed near Glendale Boulevard and Montrose Street. To RSVP email  ephs@historicechopark.org. Please include the number of people in your reservation.

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Help us promote Echo Park history at this weekend’s Lotus Festival

The Lotus Festival returns to Echo Park Lake this month, and the Echo Park Historical Society will be there with a display of historic photos. Please be sure to stop by. But, better yet, please help us staff our booth, which has traditionally offered a front row seat to the blooming lotus bed.

We are seeking volunteers who can donate two or three hours of their time during on either Saturday or Sunday, July 14 & 15.Shifts  run from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

If you can help, please send an email to ephs@HistoricEchoPark.org. Let us know what times and dates you are available.

Do you love Echo Park history and lotus flowers? Then join us at the Echo Park Lotus Festival – Volunteers Needed

The Lotus Festival returns to Echo Park Lake this month, and the Echo Park Historical Society will be there with a display of historic photos. Please be sure to stop by. But, better yet, please help us staff our booth, which has traditionally offered a front row seat to the blooming lotus bed.

We are seeking volunteers who can donate two or three hours of their time during on either Saturday or Sunday, July 14 & 15.Shifts  run from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

If you can help, please send an email to ephs@HistoricEchoPark.org. Let us know what times and dates you are available.

Step This Way: Take the Echo Park Stairway Tour on April 21

The Echo Park Historical Society’s Stairway Walking Tour on Saturday, April 21 at 10 am includes the Baxter Stairs (possibly the city’s longest) as well as Fellowship Park, Red Hill and the modernist Harwell Hamilton Harris house. This is a modestly strenuous tour that includes one long stairway and several steep hills.

The tour is 2 hours long and shows how these forgotten stairways don’t just link the hills to the flatlands, but the past to the present.

Building interiors are not included. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Meet at Echo Park Avenue and Baxter Street in Echo Park.

Join us for a History Happy Hour and Home Tour Discovery Meeting

The History Happy Hour will be held at Sage Vegan Bistro in the Jensen’s Recreation Center | Photo Courtesy Vista Investment Group

Remember how fun it was going to an Echo Park Home Tour?  Neighbors opened up their Craftsman bungalows, Spanish-Colonial homes and Mid Century residences to visitors as part of our effort to promote neighborhood history and historic preservation.  Even Huell Howser should up for one!

After  putting the home tour on hiatus for several years, the Echo Park Historical Society is looking at resuming the event but we could use your help.

If you are interested,  please join us for a home tour discovery meeting during a History Happy Hour at Sage Brewery, 1700 Sunset Boulevard  at Logan Street,  at 6:30 pm on Monday, February 26. Sage Brewery is located in the historic Jensen Recreation Center, Historic Cultural Monument # 652.

Hope to see you there!

Join us on Friday for the Jensen’s sign relighting!

Photo Courtesy Vista Investment Group

Please join us on Friday, October 27  to watch and celebrate the relighting of the historic sign at the top of the landmark Jensen’s Recreation Center.  (Please see the updated ceremony schedule at the bottom of this post)

The 28-foot-high animated rooftop sign made up of 1,300 red, green and white light bulbs depicts a bowler throwing a strike. It is believed to be the only sign of this type and size remaining in the United States.

The Echo Park Historical Society and spent several years working with local groups, like the Echo Park Neighborhood Council, and national organizations, such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to raise support and funds to repair and relight the sign.

Property owner Vista Investment Group eventually took on and completed the costly and daunting task to preserve this unique historic resource. The repair of the sign is part of Vista’s multimillion-dollar renovation program that includes the restoration of the building’s original brick façade, new entrance and lobby, refinishing of the original hardwood floors and renovation of unit interiors.

The sign went dark for several decades when it was restored and relighted in 1997 through a city grant. That fix proved temporary, however, and the sign went dark again a few years later.

Jensen’s Recreation Center, located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Logan Street,  was built by the late Henry Christian Jensen in 1924. It was one of several buildings constructed by Jensen in the course of a decade. Jensen was a German immigrant that made his fortune making bricks for the rapidly growing city of early 20th century Los Angeles. His business ventures often combined shopping and entertainment. he building was declared Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument No. 652 in 1998.

Other Jensen ventures include Jensen’s Theatorium in Echo Park, now a grocery store; He also built Jensen’s Raymond Theater in Pasadena, and Jensen’s Melrose Theater in East Hollywood. The Palace Grand Theater and Shops in Glendale was demolished to make way for new development.

Originally, the three-story Jensen Recreation Center had a row of shops, a bowling alley, and a pool hall at street level, and 46 apartments on the top two levels.

The relighting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 27 will begin at 5 pm and the flipping of a giant light switch to activate the sign scheduled for 6 pm.

Jensen’s Recreation Center sign to shine once again!

Photo Courtesy Vista Investment Group

Please join us on Friday, October 27  to watch and celebrate the relighting of the historic sign at the top of the landmark Jensen’s Recreation Center.

The 28-foot-high animated rooftop sign made up of 1,300 red, green and white light bulbs depicts a bowler throwing a strike. It is believed to be the only sign of this type and size remaining in the United States.

The Echo Park Historical Society and spent several years working with local groups, like the Echo Park Neighborhood Council, and national organizations, such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to raise support and funds to repair and relight the sign.

Property owner Vista Investment Group eventually took on and completed the costly and daunting task to preserve this unique historic resource. The repair of the sign is part of Vista’s multimillion-dollar renovation program that includes the restoration of the building’s original brick façade, new entrance and lobby, refinishing of the original hardwood floors and renovation of unit interiors.

The sign went dark for several decades when it was restored and relighted in 1997 through a city grant. That fix proved temporary, however, and the sign went dark again a few years later.

Jensen’s Recreation Center, located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Logan Street,  was built by the late Henry Christian Jensen in 1924. It was one of several buildings constructed by Jensen in the course of a decade. Jensen was a German immigrant that made his fortune making bricks for the rapidly growing city of early 20th century Los Angeles. His business ventures often combined shopping and entertainment. he building was declared Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument No. 652 in 1998.

Other Jensen ventures include Jensen’s Theatorium in Echo Park, now a grocery store; He also built Jensen’s Raymond Theater in Pasadena, and Jensen’s Melrose Theater in East Hollywood. The Palace Grand Theater and Shops in Glendale was demolished to make way for new development.

Originally, the three-story Jensen Recreation Center had a row of shops, a bowling alley, and a pool hall at street level, and 46 apartments on the top two levels.

The relighting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 27 will begin at 5 pm and the flipping of a giant light switch to activate the sign scheduled for 6 pm.

Walking Tours & Historic Photos: Join us this weekend at the 37th Annual Lotus Festival

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The Echo Park Historical Society will be at Echo Park Lake this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 15 & July 16, for the 37th Annual Lotus Festival.

Make sure to stop by our booth near the lotus bed to view our display of historic photos and meet fellow members. (If you would like volunteer at the booth, please contact us)

In addition to displaying historic photos at the lake, the EPHS will also be hosting walking tours during Lotus Festival Weekend:

ECHO PARK LAKE WALKING TOUR

Lady of the Lake

Lady of the Lake

TOUR SCHEDULE

Saturday, July 15 at 10 am

Saturday, July 15 at 1 pm

Sunday, July 16 at 10 am

The Echo Park Lake Walking Tour includes the origins of the Echo Park Lake, the edge of Angelino Heights, site of the American Institute of Mentalism and Angelus Temple.  We will talk about the recent renovations of Echo Park Lake.  This is a slightly strenuous tour with three Echo Park staircases.  Building interiors are not included.

Free for members, $5.00 for non-members. To find out where to start the tour, please RSVP to ephs@historicechopark.org.  Please include the date and time of the tour you would like to join as well as the number of people in your group.