Friday, August 15, 2008

Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal - LAUPT

Union Station, built in 1933, is designated Los Angeles Cultural History Landmark No. 101. In 1980, it was entered on the National Register of Historic Places. The statement of significance from the National Register nomination reads: The Los Angeles Union Station is a very handsome landmark that is a milestone in architectural history and in the history of transportation in America.

Although less than 50 years of age, (at the time these photographs were taken) the property is of exceptional importance. Built when railroad passenger service was on the decline, it was the last of the great passenger terminals to be built in a monumental scale in a major American city. Because of this, plus its impressive appearance, it has been called "The Grand Finale of the Golden Age of Railroads in America."

View northwest to Tracks 13 through 16.

Departure signboard, train concourse.

Arrival signboard, reception hall.

Reception hall and arrrival lobby.

Loggia to and from reception hall.

All photographs are from the Historic American Buildings Survey collection at the Library of Congress.


Major Pepperidge said...

Why is it that old stuff is just so cool?

The Blue Parrot said...

Oh, do they wish they still had tracks 14, 15 & 16 today!

Next month will see many private cars come and go as the annual private car owners convention comes to the Southland.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Major: I think because it was built to last and had a real honest to goodness purpose. And you look at it now and say WOW!, that is cool.

Blue: Can you give me some more info on the private car meet. Thanks.