More on Echo Park
by Louis Jacinto
My last entry explained how I came to live across the street from the beautiful Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles while in college. I lived there from 1978 – 1984.
Here I’m sharing some pictures I took of the lake in June of 1981. Appearing in some of the images is Roberto Moreno, one of my closest friends from my college days.
Roberto and I had some wonderful adventures together, both in and out of Echo Park.
Just click on each image for a larger, more detailed view.
This is a view of the Boat House
The apartment complex in the center of this image is where I lived, at the very top of the hill. Spectacular views!
My friends would always humor me when I would ask them to pose for me. Roberto was always ready to go along with my ideas, but he always added his own little touch when I would photograph him.
This was directly across the street from my apartment. The palm trees in Echo Park Lake are just majestically beautiful!
A beautiful statue, my old friend!
Folks were always fishing in the lake. It is an oasis in the middle of town!
This is my Duchamp!
You are not looking at the urinals in the Echo Park Lake men’s room, you are looking at a photograph!
The Lotus in Echo Park are just so beautiful! Unfortunately, these lovely plants died off. Fortunately, someone had taken a few home and grew them and the City was able to replant them in the lake. The lotus have returned to Echo Park.
Roberto sitting at the water’s edge in a hollowed out tree stump.
These two images are on the base of the statue at the lake. One of Echo Park’s most beloved icons sculpted in the Art Deco style by artist Ada Mae Sharpless, the statue’s official name is “Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles” (Queen of the Angels). But most people refer to the statue as the “Lady of the Lake.” Sharpless was awarded this art commission by the federal Works Progress Administration in 1934, a Depression-era program that commissioned works of public art. Originally intended to be cast in bronze, the 14-foot-high cast stone statue was given as a gift to the city of Los Angeles in 1935.
Now go and visit Echo Park Lake to see the beautiful restoration.