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Highlights of the 2010 Echo Park Home Tour


More than 250 people attended the 2010 Historic Echo Park Home Tour on Sunday, Nov. 14. This year’s tour, Eco Echo Park: Urban Sustainable Living, featured 10 homes and gardens that feature lifestyles of the ecologically minded. Visitors got a first-hand look at gray water systems, solar power, natural light and circulation as ways to reduce dependency on public utilities as well gardens that include elements of urban farming, native plants, drought-tolerant landscaping and no dig gardening and chicken coops. The historical society would like to thank tour director Holly Hampton and the more than 100 volunteers who made this event possible a big success. If you were not able to attend, please enjoy the gallery of photos taken by Martin Cox or read some of the stories below that appeared in area newspapers and TV news programs:

Echo Park Home Tour makes L.A. Times


The Los Angeles Times paid a visit to one of the gardens that will be featured in this Sunday’s Historic Echo Park Home Tour. Here’s what they found:

“The garden, one stop on the Eco Echo Park tour Sunday, is a compelling argument against what so many people do when they move into a new home: Rip out the landscape and start over. When Beavers bought his house a decade ago, he knew he needed time to get acquainted with it.

“Something special had gone on here,” he says, “but I had to wait a while to find out what it was.”

While he waited, there was work: He spent the first year hauling some things out ­— trees, rocks, dead plants — but he left terraces built by a succession of owners. That included a patio at the house level, trellised by a grapevine.

Then he began hauling in native stone, which he used to build dry-stacked walls. He brought in more stone for paving, which he dry-laid in sand, to allow water to seep into the soil. He built a dry stream bed for capturing runoff.”

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Echo Park Home Tour in the news

The upcoming 2010 Echo Park Home Tour was featured in a segment on the KTLA Morning News today. The tour, which features 10 homes, is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 14. Tickets are $20 on the day of the tour – but you can save $5 by purchasing the tickets in advance online. Click here to purchase your tickets now.

Volunteers needed for Historic Echo Park Home Tour

Dear friends of Echo Park,

After a two-year absence, the Historic Echo Park Home Tour is back! This year’s tour, Eco Echo Park: Urban Sustainable Living, will be held on Sunday, Nov. 14 and focus on the charm, character and environmental aspects of nine homes in the neighborhood.

As always, the Echo Park Historical Society can’t stage this event without generous help from volunteers. Organizers of this year’s tour are looking for people who can contribute two hours of their time on the day of the event, serving as docents, selling tickets or performing other miscellaneous tasks. Anyone who takes a volunteer shift will receive free entry to the tour — as well as the no-frills, high-fun after-party.

We have three shifts available on the day of the tour: 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. To get involved, please contact me via email or call (323) 666 8583. Please provide your name, phone number and the shift you would prefer. We appreciate any help you can offer!

Sincerely,

Dave Ptach
Docent Organizer
Historic Echo Park Home Tour Committee

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(323) 666 8583

Echo Park Home Tour Searching for Candidates

The Echo Park Historical Society is looking for properties to be featured in this year’s tour, “Eco Echo Park: Urban Sustainable Living.” The home tour committee is looking for homes that take advantage of water saving features, solar power, natural light as well gardens that include elements of urban farming, native plants and drought-tolerant landscaping. If you are interested in having your home considered, send an email to Home Tour Chairperson Holly Hampton at ephs@HistoricEchoPark.org