Amy Semple McPherson temple is now called a part of the dream center. It is the round church by echo park lake which had a brass band on Sundays. Sister Aimee was famous for the fraud on her congregation and the people of Los Angeles when she went off to a trysting place in Santa Barbara with some guy in a pearce arrow.
It was the first case of fraud brought by the Los Angeles City Attorney.
The episcopal church sits on the east side of the lake nowadays, beautifully rebuilt.
There are several other churches within blocks including united methodist just down Alvarado near Montana and a catholic church at Fargo and Glendale Boulevard.
If you want addresses and names of churches, markets, etc. of today I will look them up.
Pioneer market is now gone, it sold and everyone said the owner was a crook. I went in one day and the clerk dumped my soda on the conveyor belt and began to yell and scream that it was my fault and I had to pay for it. I knew something was wrong.
I walked out and shortly thereafter the building was vacated. Now it is a walgreens.
There are some korean and latino markets along sunset. Don't know how long they have been there.
Since I live in Echo Park I'm interested in this old stuff too.
Perhaps I can go and look in old phone books at the public library if they have them. You could contact the lapublic library at http://www.lapl.org and ask for assistance. They have an extensive photo data base you can search.
Let me know if you have trouble getting access. A library card with a local address will get you into the databases for most items.