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No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station

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Photograph: Anthony Rubano
Union Station.
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We Angelenos can't help but take pride in the sweeping, chandelier-clad, walnut wood-trimmed interiors of our Mission Revival style Union Station. The iconic DTLA institution opened in 1939, served as the primary gateway to Southern California for decades and since then, has been effectively unaltered. This new exhibition at the Central Library honors and examines the extraordinary design process behind the station’s complex aesthetic. The exhibition investigates the controversy that trailed the nearly 30 years it took to plan and construct the station, featuring architectural drawings, sketches and never-before-seen archival photographs. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

 

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Ray H

My wife and I made the trip from Camarillo to see the renovated Union station after we heard about it from the TV. We weren't disappointed. The Art Deco is all there. Great place to see, inside and out. One minor glitch. It's too clean and 'new'. Needs a few years to become citygrade. As the TV gameshow host says, "Come on down".