The building is a church, St. Andrew's, that is part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The church was dedicated in December 1957 by Ukrainian immigrants, many of whom had been refugees who fled their country during World War II, according to a Los Angeles Times articles in the same year. The stories said the refugees had been persecuted by the Nazis and Russian Communists. The congregation of 85 families had been worshipping in a rented hall in another section of Echo Park before they bought an "outdated" mansion on Sutherland Street. They raised $20,000 to renovate and remodel the home into a church, doing much of the work themselves. The current structure you see with elaborate domes was actually built in the late 1980s.