Yesterday I wrote about my Amtrak experience from Los Angeles to Portland aboard the Coast Starlight. Today, I want to focus on the beautiful station my journey began in.
Los Angeles Union Station opened in 1939, consolidating LA’s two prior central rail stations into a single station across the street from the El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park (colloquially known as Olvera Street). The station combines elements of Art Deco, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne. Designed by the same Parkinson brothers who designed other LA landmarks like City Hall, the station is a beloved landmark of Los Angeles.
I used to take Metro between Pasadena and downtown and walked through this station often. I also used to ride the FlyAway direct bus to LAX to/from this station. It has a special place in my heart as well.
While not the important terminus it used to be in the age of air travel and interstate highways, it still serves a vital function to Los Angeles transportation. And it’s getting better. Just last week, the Harvey House re-opened and now houses a beautiful new restaurant and bar. The new eatery is attached to Union Station and can seat over 400. Its styled after the rest of the station.
Please enjoy these pictures below: