Work in Progress

A feature from the front-lines of historic preservation. Learn how Echo Park residents have restored and preserved their homes, apartments and businesses. Pick up some valuable tips as well as recommendations on materials, tools and skilled trades people. Read more

Say “NO” to Stucco

Countless wood shingled bungalows and clapboard buildings have been lost over the decades by the application of a  stucco exterior. However, there is a way to free a wood-sided home from it’s stucco shell. Read more

A Preservation Primer

This overview, provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, covers some of the guidelines property owners should keep in mind when taking on a restoration project. Read more


Do it Right

Help us get the word out about the proper way to restore old homes that preserve their historic charm and value. Download and make copies to distribute to your neighbors. Read more


Lead Paint Removal

Finding out your home or storefront has lead-based paint does not mean you will be forced to tear out all the historic features that make your property unique. Read more