Petit Futé's opinion on UNION STATION
Los Angeles Central Station, whose construction was completed in 1939, is now too small for its 110,000 daily passengers. But the building, which successfully combines several styles (Art Deco, missionary style and peacock style - Streamline Moderne), is one of the greatest successes of Los Angeles' mythical architectural eclecticism; it quickly became one of California's favorite monuments. Its main architects, John Parkinson and Donald B. Parkinson, also drew the plans of the Los Angeles City Hall. The waiting room with oversized dimensions is adorned with sumptuous Art Deco chandeliers. Its frame seems to be wooden, but it is actually steel. Also note the ground floor of terracotta and marble. South of the main building, a magnificent restaurant, also dating back to 1939, was designed in the liner style by the famous architect of the American Southwest Mary Colter and includes decorative elements inspired by Navajo art. It was restored in 2017 and should soon reopen its doors. Many parts of the railway station, all more beautiful than others (including the old teller hall) are closed to the public and rented at private events or shooting events. Union Station was the scene of many films and TV series, such as Our Most Beautiful Years, Blade Runner or Pearl Harbor. The free guided tour allows you to browse the rooms closed to the public.
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Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Free two-hour guided tour in English every month (see online calendar) on the theme of station architecture. Meet at 10:30 am in front of the information desk at the entrance to the station on the Alameda Street side.