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Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, Tracks & Shed, 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA



See 46 maps of this location


B&W Photos

HB123611
View Northwest To Tracks 13-16

HB123612
View To North Of Track Beds And Canopies With Train In Foreground

HB123613
View To North Of Track Beds And Canopies

HB123614
View To North, Detail Of Canopy

HB123615
View To Southeast Showing Canopy Trusses

HB123616
View To East Showing Baggage Shed

HB123617
View To West Showing Platforms And Rea Building In Background

HB123618
View To West With Baggage Shed In Right Background

HB123619
View To Southeast; Track Area And Platform (dobson)

HB123620
View To East; Mail, Baggage And Express Building Is Visible Beyond Tracks (asano)

HB123621
Mark A

HB123622
Everett Weinreb, Photographer North End Of Train Concourse, Looking East

HB123623
Mark A

HB123624
Mark A

HB123625
Everett Weinreb, Photographer Amtrak Station Services Office In Train Concourse, Looking Northeast

HB123626
Everett Weinreb, Photographer Amtrak Station Services Office In Train Concourse, Looking North

HB123627
Everett Weinreb, Photographer Departure Signboard, Train Concourse, Looking Southeast

HB123628
Mark A

HB123629
Everett Weinreb, Photographer Modern Sliding Door From Train Concourse To Reception Hall, Looking South

HB123630
Everett Weinreb, Photographer Arrival Signboard, Reception Hall, Looking Northeast

HB123631
Everett Weinreb, Photographer Original Rolling Door From Reception Hall To Train Concourse, Looking North

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Mark A

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HB123636
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HB123637
Everett Weinreb, Photographer East Wall, Arrival Lobby, Looking East

HB123638
Mark A

HB123639
Everett Weinreb, Photographer South Wall, Arrival Lobby, Looking South

HB123640
Mark A

HB123641
Everett Weinreb, Photographer Detail, Faience Tile, Column Wainscot Pattern, Arrival Lobby

HB123642
Mark A

HB123643
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HB123644
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HB123645
Mark A

HB123646
Everett Weinreb, Photographer Doors To Santa Fe And Union Pacific Railway Offices, Exit Hall, Looking East

HB123647
Mark A

HB123648
Mark A

HB123649
Mark A

HB123650
Mark A

HB123651
Everett Weinreb, Photographer Exit Hall, Looking Southeast

HB123652
Mark A

HB123653
Everett Weinreb, Photographer Detail, Brick Pattern, Exit Hall Floor

HB123654
Everett Weinreb, Photographer Detail, Cement Tile Pattern, From Loggia Looking East Across Reception Hall

HB123655
Everett, Weinreb, Photographer Detail, Cement Tile Pattern From Reception Hall Looking East Across Arrival Lobby Floor

HB123656
Mark A

HB123657
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HB123658
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HB123659
Copy Photograph, L.a

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Copy Photograph, L.a

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Copy Photograph, L.a

HB123662
Copy Photograph, L.a

HB123663
Copy Photograph (original Print In Whittington Photograph Collection, California State University Long Beach, Special Collections) Dick Whittington, Photographer, May 1939 Train Gate Area Of Train Concourse, Looking North

HB123664
Copy Photograph (original Print In Whittington Photograph Collection, California State University Long Beach, Special Collections) Dick Whittington, Photographer, May 1939 Arrival Board, Reception Hall

HB123665
Photograph Of Original Plan (original Plans In The Possession Of The Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal Corporation) Baggage And Express Unity, Street Level Floor Plan, Section Iii

HB123666
Photograph Of Original Plan (original Plans In The Possession Of The Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal Corporation) Baggage And Express Unit, Main Floor And Boiler Room Plans, Sections Iv-v

HB123667
Photograph Of Original Plan (original Plans In The Possession Of The Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal Corporation) Baggage And Express Unit, Elevations And Sections, Section Iii

HB123668
Photograph Of Original Plan (original Plans In The Possession Of The Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal Corporation) Baggage And Express Unit, Elevations And Sections, Section Iv-v

HB123669
Photograph Of Original Plan (original Plans In The Possession Of The Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal Corporation) Floor Design, Section Iii (with Color Schedule)

HB123670
Photograph Of Original Plan (original Plans In The Possession Of The Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal Corporation) Door And Counter Details In Train Concourse


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Location
800 North Alameda Street, Los%25252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252BAngeles, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2158-A
Building/structure dates: 1939 initial construction
Significance: Union Station has been 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, the property is of exceptional important. 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." It combined three major railroad systems into one terminal in the heart of the city, using a stub-end track arrangement. Architecturally, the building is one of the finest expressions of the 1930s styling in this country. It skillfully combines Streamline Moderne with Spanish Colonial Revival to create an expression which is two-fold: the sleek, streamlined transportation imagery of the Moderne, highly appropriate to a center of railroad transportation, and the historical imagery of Spanish revival architecture, a major element of the Southern California cultural landscape. Integrity is almost totally intact, with original decoration, ornamentation, fixtures and furnishings still in place. Architecturally, it remains one of the great examples of its type and period in this country [National Register documentation, 1978-80]. This addendum covers only the train concourse, passenger tunnel, arrival lobby, reception hall, and exit arcade of Union Station. Structurally, these sections are part of the Baggage and Express Unit, situated at the rear of the main concourse. The plan of the entire terminal was considered to be unusual at the time it was constructed because the site required that the "head house" be placed alongside the tracks instead of at the end of the platform tracks, a more traditional layout. As a result, the station had to be a two-level plan "with the tracks at a sufficient elevation above the station floor to permit a passenger subway under the tracks" [Railway Age (RA), Jan. 1937:143; see also Bradley, 1979:72 and National Register documentation 1978-80]. Another feature of the overall plan considered to be unusual at the time was the placement of the baggage and express unit between the track layout and the main station building [RA, Jan. 1937:143]. Separation of the passenger departure and arrival area enabled foot traffic to move freely [Architectural Record (AR), Jan. 1941:134]. The decade of the 1940s was, by various accounts, Union Station's glory decade, in large part because the station was used as a principal terminal for moving troops to and from the Pacific Theater during World War II. Through the later war years, as many as 100 trains, including troop trains, arrived and departed from Union Station every 24 hours, a two-thirds increase over the normal 60 trains a day [NR documentation, 1978-80; Justice, 1977]. Historic photographs of views shot during these years show the train concourse full to overflowing with servicemen [Bradley, 1979:22; also see photographs 41 and 42]. Wartime fatalities also were returned stateside via Union Station; as many as 20 bodies per day reportedly came through the baggage department. In addition, during the late 1940s and early 1950s, many wartime refugees entered Los Angeles through Union Station [Justice, 1977].

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW NORTHWEST TO TRACKS 13-16
2. VIEW TO NORTH OF TRACK BEDS AND CANOPIES WITH TRAIN IN FOREGROUND
3. VIEW TO NORTH OF TRACK BEDS AND CANOPIES
4. VIEW TO NORTH, DETAIL OF CANOPY
5. VIEW TO SOUTHEAST SHOWING CANOPY TRUSSES
6. VIEW TO EAST SHOWING BAGGAGE SHED
7. VIEW TO WEST SHOWING PLATFORMS AND REA BUILDING IN BACKGROUND
8. VIEW TO WEST WITH BAGGAGE SHED IN RIGHT BACKGROUND
9. VIEW TO SOUTHEAST; TRACK AREA AND PLATFORM (Dobson)
10. VIEW TO EAST; MAIL, BAGGAGE AND EXPRESS BUILDING IS VISIBLE BEYOND TRACKS (Asano)
11. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer EAST WALL, NORTH END OF TRAIN CONCOURSE, LOOKING EAST
12. Everett Weinreb, photographer NORTH END OF TRAIN CONCOURSE, LOOKING EAST
13. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer EAST WALL, NORTH END OF TRAIN CONCOURSE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
14. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer AMTRAK STATION SERVICES OFFICE IN TRAIN CONCOURSE, LOOKING EAST
15. Everett Weinreb, photographer AMTRAK STATION SERVICES OFFICE IN TRAIN CONCOURSE, LOOKING NORTHEAST
16. Everett Weinreb, photographer AMTRAK STATION SERVICES OFFICE IN TRAIN CONCOURSE, LOOKING NORTH
17. Everett Weinreb, photographer DEPARTURE SIGNBOARD, TRAIN CONCOURSE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
18. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer ORIGINAL ROLLING DOOR FROM TRAIN CONCOURSE TO RECEPTION HALL, LOOKING SOUTH
19. Everett Weinreb, photographer MODERN SLIDING DOOR FROM TRAIN CONCOURSE TO RECEPTION HALL, LOOKING SOUTH
20. Everett Weinreb, photographer ARRIVAL SIGNBOARD, RECEPTION HALL, LOOKING NORTHEAST
21. Everett Weinreb, photographer ORIGINAL ROLLING DOOR FROM RECEPTION HALL TO TRAIN CONCOURSE, LOOKING NORTH
22. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer MODERN SLIDING DOOR FROM RECEPTION HALL TO TRAIN CONCOURSE, LOOKING SOUTH
23. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer NORTH WALL, PASSENGER TUNNEL, LOOKING NORTH
24. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer SOUTH WALL, PASSENGER TUNNEL LOOKING SOUTHEAST
25. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer ARRIVAL LOBBY, CENTER LOOKING NORTH
26. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer ARRIVAL LOBBY, CENTER LOOKING NORTH
27. Everett Weinreb, photographer EAST WALL, ARRIVAL LOBBY, LOOKING EAST
28. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer EAST WALL, ARRIVAL LOBBY, LOOKING EAST
29. Everett Weinreb, photographer SOUTH WALL, ARRIVAL LOBBY, LOOKING SOUTH
30. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer DETAIL, FAIENCE TILE, WAINSCOT PATTERN, ARRIVAL LOBBY, SOUTH WALL (SAME PATTERN THROUGHOUT BAGGAGE AND EXPRESS BUILDING)
31. Everett Weinreb, photographer DETAIL, FAIENCE TILE, COLUMN WAINSCOT PATTERN, ARRIVAL LOBBY
32. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer RECEPTION HALL AND ARRIVAL LOBBY, FROM SOUTHEAST CORNER OF ARRIVAL LOBBY
33. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer AMTRAK TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT OFFICE, RECEPTION HALL, LOOKING SOUTH
34. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer AMTRAK TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT OFFICE, RECEPTION HALL, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
35. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer AMTRAK TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT OFFICE, RECEPTION HALL, LOOKING EAST
36. Everett Weinreb, photographer DOORS TO SANTA FE AND UNION PACIFIC RAILWAY OFFICES, EXIT HALL, LOOKING EAST
37. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer DOORS TO SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILWAY OFFICE, EXIT HALL, LOOKING EAST
38. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer RECEPTION HALL, LOOKING SOUTH
39. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer EXIT HALL, LOOKING SOUTH
40. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer EXIT HALL, LOOKING EAST
41. Everett Weinreb, photographer EXIT HALL, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
42. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer DETAIL, RIBBON LIGHTS, RECEPTION HALL CEILING
43. Everett Weinreb, photographer DETAIL, BRICK PATTERN, EXIT HALL FLOOR
44. Everett Weinreb, photographer DETAIL, CEMENT TILE PATTERN, FROM LOGGIA LOOKING EAST ACROSS RECEPTION HALL
45. Everett, Weinreb, photographer DETAIL, CEMENT TILE PATTERN FROM RECEPTION HALL LOOKING EAST ACROSS ARRIVAL LOBBY FLOOR
46. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer DETAIL, SIGNAGE, RECEPTION HALL
47. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer DETAIL, SIGNAGE, RECEPTION HALL
48. Mark A. Bookspan, photographer LOGGIA TO/FROM RECEPTION HALL, FROM SOUTH PATIO LOOKING EAST
49. Copy Photograph, L.A. Herald Examiner, July e, 1936 (original print in the Regional Cultural History Collection, University of Southern California, Herald Examiner Photograph Collection) PASSENGER TUNNEL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, LOOKING EAST
50. Copy Photograph, L.A. Daily News, ca. 1940 (original print in UCLA Special Collections, Daily News Photograph Collection) PASSENGER TUNNEL, LOOKING EAST
51. Copy Photograph, L.A. Daily News, ca. 1944 (original print in UCLA Special Collections, Daily News Photograph Collection) TRAIN CONCOURSE LOOKING NORTH
52. Copy Photograph, L.A. Daily News, ca. 1944 (original print in UCLA Special Collections, Daily News Photograph Collection) TRAIN GATE AREA OF TRAIN CONCOURSE, LOOKING NORTHEAST
53. Copy Photograph (original print in Whittington Photograph Collection, California State University Long Beach, Special Collections) Dick Whittington, photographer, May 1939 TRAIN GATE AREA OF TRAIN CONCOURSE, LOOKING NORTH
54. Copy Photograph (original print in Whittington Photograph Collection, California State University Long Beach, Special Collections) Dick Whittington, photographer, May 1939 ARRIVAL BOARD, RECEPTION HALL
55. Photograph of Original Plan (original plans in the possession of the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal Corporation) BAGGAGE AND EXPRESS UNITY, STREET LEVEL FLOOR PLAN, SECTION III
56. Photograph of Original Plan (original plans in the possession of the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal Corporation) BAGGAGE AND EXPRESS UNIT, MAIN FLOOR AND BOILER ROOM PLANS, SECTIONS IV-V
57. Photograph of Original Plan (original plans in the possession of the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal Corporation) BAGGAGE AND EXPRESS UNIT, ELEVATIONS AND SECTIONS, SECTION III
58. Photograph of Original Plan (original plans in the possession of the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal Corporation) BAGGAGE AND EXPRESS UNIT, ELEVATIONS AND SECTIONS, SECTION IV-V
59. Photograph of Original Plan (original plans in the possession of the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal Corporation) FLOOR DESIGN, SECTION III (WITH COLOR SCHEDULE)
60. Photograph of Original Plan (original plans in the possession of the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal Corporation) DOOR AND COUNTER DETAILS IN TRAIN CONCOURSE


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