The Jensen’s Recreation Center building – 1706 West Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park – built by German immigrant Henry Christian Jensen in 1924 and designed by the architect E. E. B. Meinardus. It's been a historical-cultural monument since 1998 – but it was originally just a bowling alley with a pool hall at street level, with forty-six apartments on the other floors. Now it's home to all sorts of things – low-end shops for the locals, and quite hip shops and an art gallery or two, free clinics and social services offices, and some funky cool restaurants. It's mixed bag of the seedy, with the homeless sleeping in the corners, and the exceedingly trendy. But the Beaux Arts and Italianate ornamentation that wraps around the outside of the building is still there. Much of Los Angeles is like this.
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These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 – the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.