Eric Garcetti's Green Echo Park Home

Eric Garcetti's Green Echo Park Home

Gregory Han
Jun 25, 2008

When people say all politicians are the same, we know they must not know Eric Garcetti. He's not only our City Council President, but also an extremely active participant online (you'll occasionally see him chime in on local LA blogs, listening to his constituency). What we didn't know until now was that Garcetti is also a subscriber of modernist, eco-friendly architecture. His 1950's renovated Echo Park home recently featured in Dwell sports green features such as a tankless water heater, solar paneling, closet doors made of recycled plastic, bamboo flooring and painted with low VOC paints...

"The main objective with the renovation was to make the house as energy efficient and nontoxic as possible. The house does have air-conditioning, but they maximized cross ventilation by installing windows on all sides. They installed a tankless water heater and solar paneling on the flat roof, which provides 50 percent of their energy; they laid bamboo flooring on the second level, built closet doors of recycled plastic, and constructed decks out of sustainable wood treated with nontoxic sealant. No-VOC Yolo paints were used throughout the house. And, at around 2,000 square feet, they kept the whole project a relatively modest size.

Not unlike the home itself, the furnishings embody livability rather than perfection. Several of the pieces are hand-me-downs from Garcetti's parents. (Gil Garcetti was the district attorney for the City of Los Angeles and now photographs art, architecture, and cultural subjects; Sukey Roth Garcetti headed up a local charitable foundation.) The family grew up in Encino in the San Fernando Valley, in a thoroughly contemporary home. "It was nice growing up with modernist parents," says Garcetti, pointing out the metal dining chairs with vinyl padding which he used every day as a child."

How can we not but support a representative who also loves modernist and green sensibilities? Read the rest of the excellent interview and article at Dwell.

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