The drawings and banner for a pair of townhouses now rising near Echo Park Lake have featured walls of glass overlooking Echo Park Avenue. But, as construction has progressed, its clear those townhouses (pictured above) on the sloping lot will have a less revealing look. Instead of an expanse of glass, there are narrow bands of windows that look out from second-floor bedrooms. What happened? Developers and brothers Kevin and Harde Wronske of the Heyday Partnership said they decided to replace the giant west-facing windows with smaller openings to shield the occupants and rooms from the intense afternoon light and heat – and maybe stares from passersby. “Just imagine walking upstairs in your boxers,” said Kevin Wronske. “Most people don’t want that much glass in the bedroom.”
Heyday caters to buyers who are open to contemporary design. But feedback from those same buyers indicated that they remained old fashioned about bedrooms – they want them to remain private. The Wronskes said the big windows were not their idea. They were part of the plans that came with the lot they purchased in the 1100 block of Echo Park Avenue. Harde Wronske said they did some more tweaking inside the two houses to make for a more efficient floor plan, but the size and basic shape of the structure that was reviewed by city agency and neighborhood groups remains unchanged. Those smaller windows facing the street will be surrounded by a wall sheathed in cedar. “It gives you a nice framed view looking out, ” Kevin Wronske said. And less opportunities for people to look in.