Monday, May 4, 2009

Union Station's Happy 70th

Los Angeles' Union Station, a jewel of SoCal's Art Deco architecture, just turned 70. The train station, which is still operating today as a LA Metro, Amtrak and Metrolink hub, opened in 1939, and is known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations" in the U.S.
Union Station is unique in that it has been preserved throughout the years, despite Los Angeles' compulsion to deal with the past by destroying it. It is a testimony to the city's history, and to the many stars and immigrants who transited through the station from and to somewhere else -- from fame to shame. Union Station embodies L.A.
Union Station will always have a special place in my immigrant heart, as an anchor to grueling dealings with the immigration services in nearby Los Angeles Street. Getting back to Union Station was like getting back to civilization, with its exquisite salle des pas perdus where one could spend hours watching the scene, or simply reading a book in a totally zen, replenishing environment.
LAist has a nice photo gallery. The LA Conservancy also organizes docent tours that will tell you all about the architecture and history of this great L.A. landmark.
photos : 1.lush.i.ous via LAist - 2+3 LA Frog

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