February 13, 2012

Photo Essay: Union Station, Open to the Public

Last Updated 7/16/18 3:55 PM PT

Downtown LA's Union Station is the last of the great railway stations of the early 20th century, in the days before car culture took over the post-World War II American West.

circa 2018

It's a favorites in LA for many, partially owed to its classic grandeur and unusual combination of Art Deco and Spanish Colonial Revival architectural styles.

circa 2018

At the same time both modern and Moorish, Union Station—one of many "union stations" throughout the country (not the least of which in Nashville)—is a triumph in both its details and its major features: the sandstone-colored travertine, the wainscoting, the mosaic tilework, the Islamic crosses and stars, the Spanish tile roof, the streamlined motifs.

circa 2018

Built in 1939, Union Station is actually more heavily-trafficked now than it ever was in its supposed heyday, and yet many LA residents and tourists alike rarely if ever get to see even the parts of it that are open to the public.

South Patio

Front entrance

Track Tunnel

Stay tuned for photos from inside the old Harvey House restaurant and bar and the former ticketing area, now both used only for special events and film shoots.

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