Archives for: Architecture & Design

Black Star Building and Design Moves to Echo Park

You may think a new bar has arrived in Echo Park’s Hi-Fi district — a sleek black and white sign and horizontal wooden slats beckoning you in — but Black Star happens to be a full-service building and design co-op founded by general contractor Matthew Pope. He’s responsible for many posh renovations and restorations around […]

Sketch (Art) Work of Jim Rugg

There’s endless power in the ballpoint pen over the sword. Artist Jim Rugg illustrates just that at Echo Park’s iam8bit exhibit “Notebook Nerd.”  If you’d like to get transfixed over 50 masterful sketches on his canvas of choice — a spiral-bound notebook — you’re in for a treat. “Helvetica vs. Arial” inspired an ontological diatribe […]

Celaya, An Echo Park Bakery

The Angeleno palate has grown accustomed to baked goodies from Cuban monolith Porto’s Bakery but, in Echo Park, locals prefer a little neighborhood Mexican bakery. Celaya, a cute square-shaped pastry shop on Sunset Blvd., bustles with charm and brims with racks of baked goods.  Sure, it’s frontage is plain and straight-forward, but a visit inside […]

Pazzo Gelato Migrates East to Echo Park

The Silver Lake gelato establishment opened a 2nd gourmet ice cream shop inside a favorite Echo Park building, the 1966 Rolf K. McPherson 8-storied Citibank monolith.  How better to savor Italian ice cream than inside a delightful Mid-Century gem?  Long, modular windows frame the cute street-level space, artfully designed with period tables and bright, orange […]