Los Angeles Union Station

800 North Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Los Angeles Union Station (formerly Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal) opened in 1939 to serve five different railways. The station was partially designed by John and Donald Parkinson, and incorporates a combination of Streamline Moderne and Mission Revival styles. The structure was built on the site of what was then the city's Chinatown.

On the opposite side of the track from Union Station is the Patsaouras Transit Plaza, named for Nick Patsaouras, a former board member of the Southern California Rapid Transit District. The clear postmodern architectural intent was to echo the older station to the west, although the contemporary materials do not reflect the same air of durability and solidity. In addition, when confronted with the circular drive, it is not immediately obvious that there are numbered locations on the drive where specific buses stop. And, as could be expected, the layout diagrams that are probably completely logical to designers are totally indecipherable to newcomers.

Los Angeles Union Station - Ramp down from platform
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Ramp down from platform
Los Angeles Union Station - Tunnel under tracks
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Tunnel under tracks
Los Angeles Union Station - Tunnel under the tracks
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Tunnel under the tracks
Los Angeles Union Station
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Los Angeles Union Station - End of corridor
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End of corridor
Los Angeles Union Station - Art deco detailing
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Art deco detailing
Los Angeles Union Station - Waiting room
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Waiting room
Los Angeles Union Station - Sunburst arch on west entry to waiting room
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Sunburst arch on west entry to waiting room
Los Angeles Union Station - Streamline chairs
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Streamline chairs
Los Angeles Union Station - Unused ticketing hall on north side of building
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Unused ticketing hall on north side of building
Los Angeles Union Station - Information desk
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Information desk
Los Angeles Union Station - South wing - Former Harvey House restaurant
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South wing - Former Harvey House restaurant
Los Angeles Union Station - North wing - Unused ticketing area
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North wing - Unused ticketing area
Los Angeles Union Station - Front from across Alameda St
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Front from across Alameda St
Los Angeles Union Station - Union Station
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Union Station
Los Angeles Union Station - Front of Station
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Front of Station
Los Angeles Union Station - Walkway
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Walkway
Los Angeles Union Station - Front of Station
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Front of Station
Los Angeles Union Station - Front of Station
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Front of Station
Los Angeles Union Station - Hybrid cabs
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Hybrid cabs
Los Angeles Union Station - Courtyard
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Courtyard
Los Angeles Union Station - Side of main hall
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Side of main hall
Los Angeles Union Station - Sundial
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Sundial
Los Angeles Union Station - Historical marker
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Historical marker
Los Angeles Union Station - Historical marker
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Historical marker
Los Angeles Union Station - Union Station
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Union Station
Los Angeles Union Station - Southern patio garden
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Southern patio garden
Los Angeles Union Station - Entrance
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Entrance
Los Angeles Union Station - Entrance
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Entrance
Los Angeles Union Station - Windows to unused ticketing hall
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Windows to unused ticketing hall
Los Angeles Union Station - La Plaza, across Alameda Street
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La Plaza, across Alameda Street
Los Angeles Union Station - View from across Alameda Street
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View from across Alameda Street
Los Angeles Union Station - View from across Alameda Street
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View from across Alameda Street
Los Angeles Union Station - Sign
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Sign
Los Angeles Union Station - Front entrance
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Front entrance
Los Angeles Union Station - Clock tower
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Clock tower
Los Angeles Union Station - Southern walkway
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Southern walkway
Los Angeles Union Station - Southern patio garden
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Southern patio garden
Los Angeles Union Station - Southern patio garden
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Southern patio garden
Los Angeles Union Station - Southern patio garden
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Southern patio garden
Los Angeles Union Station - Southern patio garden
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Southern patio garden
Los Angeles Union Station - Southern patio garden
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Southern patio garden
Los Angeles Union Station - Clock tower
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Clock tower
Los Angeles Union Station - Walkway to the front entrance
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Walkway to the front entrance
Los Angeles Union Station - Walkway to the front entrance
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Walkway to the front entrance
Los Angeles Union Station - View from across Alameda Street
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View from across Alameda Street
Los Angeles Union Station - Amtrak window
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Amtrak window
Los Angeles Union Station - Rental cars at a train station - what a great idea!
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Rental cars at a train station - what a great idea!
Los Angeles Union Station - Tunnel under tracks
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Tunnel under tracks
Los Angeles Union Station - Patsaouras Transit Plaza
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Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Los Angeles Union Station - Patsaouras Transit Plaza
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Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Los Angeles Union Station - Patsaouras Transit Plaza
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Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Los Angeles Union Station - Patsaouras Transit Plaza
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Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Los Angeles Union Station - The 733 that I should have taken
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The 733 that I should have taken

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