Herself: My goal today is to sit quietly while the Z-Pack works, and tomorrow be brave enough to start totals on the taxes. By tomorrow, I should be dingy but breathing better while coughing less. Today photographs are from both the 2003 and 2011 visits.
The Wikipedia Union Station entry says this about the building: “Union Station was partially designed by the father and son team of John Parkinson and Donald B. Parkinsons…..assisted by a group of supporting architects, including the famous Jan van der Linden. ….Their firm designed many landmark Los Angeles buildings from the late 19th century onward. Th(is) structure combines Dutch Colonial Revival Style architecture (the suggestion of the Dutch born Jan von der Linden), Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne style, with architectural details such as eight-pointed stars.”
The voters approved replacing the original Chinatown with a station that would serve all the existing railroads plus the red line trolleys that came into Los Angeles.
Built in a T shape linked by Spanish style colonnades, the long main waiting room is flanked by gardens. Both the original ticketing area to the left and the Fred Harvey Restaurant to the right are now both empty used only for filming and bypassed by modern spaces further into the building.
After being a hub of transportation during WWII, slowly the station fell into disuse as the airplane took over. A major developer took over the station and 51 acres of the surrounding land and in 1992, the restoration of the building was finished. Now the building is heavily used by Amtrak, Metroliners, and the trolley lines that link all of LA.