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Now who has even seen a courtyard like this at a train station! We were thrilled to see the Los Angeles Train Station (Amtrak, Metrolink, and LA Metro) include a gorgeous area outside to sit while waiting for the train.  The station is called, “Union Station”; clearly representing the union of all train lines, unlike Chicago where there are a number of stations for different types of train lines.  Here is the station from the front:

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Now let’s take a peek inside the station:

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The architecture at Union Station is a combination of three styles of architecture:  Moderne, Art Deco, Mission/Spanish Revival.  It was built in 1939, and truly is one of America’s last great train stations. These next two photos were taken of a spectacular space.  It is simply referred to as the, “old ticket area” and was unfortunately roped off to visitors.

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This photo is of the passenger seating area:

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It was fascinating to wander around such an impressive building and, likened to my thoughts aboard the Queen Mary, ponder who walked these halls decades ago.  Where were they going?  Were they excited to be traveling by train to see a long, lost love?  Or were they traveling simply for the enjoyment of exploring vast and never-ending countryside?  In addition, similar to the Queen Mary during WWII, Union station was used for heavy troop movement.

The next post will feature some absolutely incredible buildings.  I shall give you a hint:  one of them was prominently featured in a movie, and we had the opportunity to take a tour! Another has quite the history of a famous actress haunting the halls!  Oh what fun! Ah, I see the train to the next post is arriving soon; I better get aboard!

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29 thoughts on “Now arriving……….Union Station, Los Angeles!

  1. seeker says:

    It is always fascinating to hang around any stations and watch people and the architect of the building.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      It certainly is, isn’t it, seeker? Cher xo

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  2. Michelle Oram says:

    Los Angeles Union Station really is impressive. Definitely the most beautiful train station I have ever seen.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Isn’t it just, dear? Me too! I could hardly believe it when we walked up to the courtyard; however, when we went inside, WOW! Cher xo

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  3. Enjoying reading about your LA travels and great photo – the intrepid traveller in warm weather gear!

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  4. Don says:

    Magnificent architecture Cher. Love the light and space but also the combination of styles.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Awh, thank you, dear Don! It is interesting because such a grand train station seems to be a thing of the past for the most part. I am so happy you like the light and space and the various architectural styles. They seem to work very well together, don’t they, Don? Big hugs, Cher xo

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  5. During my tour years ago, we were not taken to Union Station; nor were we advised it existed. If we were, we certainly would have made it our business to go there. I am struck with the beauty and design, thanks to your photos. Looking forward to your next blog. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, dear Carol! I guess we focused on it because my husband loves trains and architecture of varying kinds! This was a perfect match! I am so happy you like this post! The next one will be sure to provide some interesting photos! Thank you, dear! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  6. Gator Woman says:

    Thank you for showing off our beautiful station to the world.
    My first time to see it was as a child and have made many trips to LA to enjoy it ever since.
    Hope you got to go across the street and eat an “au jus” at Philippe’s. The very best in LA!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Awh, thank you so much for your words and follow, too! It is gorgeous, isn’t it? How lucky you experienced that amazing station as a child! Well funny you would mention Philippe’s! We saw it while on an architectural tour, but did not have the chance to go there. Believe you me my dear, we will be making that stop next time! Thank you so much for the reminder! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  7. Gator Woman says:

    Forgot to mention, that before I ever saw LA ‘s Union Station, I was overwhelmed by the one in Chicago!!!!
    We went from Indy to Chicago to LA when I was a little girl, I will never forget it.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh did you? We like the Union Station here in Chicago, but the Union Station in LA far supersedes it, I think! Aren’t these old train stations magnificent? Big hugs and thanks so much, Cher xo

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  8. Union Station!!!!! Before I moved to Canada I used to live in Little Tokyo – close to Union Station!!! Oh how I miss it! Thanks for the post! Union Station also has a good little cocktail lounge near the entrance – you can order small appetizers from the restaurant too!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh yes, we went by Little Tokyo! And we also saw that cute little lounge; I think it is called, “Traxx”? So these photos ring clear in your mind no doubt. The courtyard is soooo pretty! Thanks for your comments, Shelli! How is your sweet little baby? Hugs, Cher xo

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      1. Yes, Traxx!!! It’s fun to people watch in there! Baby is doing well!!! Thanks for asking!!!!

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        We will have to go in there next time for sure! Awh, glad to hear your adorable baby is doing well! Can’t wait to read more!! Hugs, Cher xo

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  9. D. Parker says:

    Isn’t that gorgeous? I like the old-fashioned ones too, but that design is stunning. Next time I go to a train station I’m going to notice how boring and drab it looks. 😉

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      You literally made me laugh out loud! hehehehehe Yes, I feel the same way; other stations look so dreary in comparison. I have to wonder though, how many people are so busy trying to get their train that they don’t take particular notice of their incredible surroundings at that station. Then again, could be a metaphor for how people live life quite often. 🙂 Hugs, Cher xo

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      1. D. Parker says:

        You got that right Cher, imagine how much people are missing in their own lives by having their noses attached to smart phones (at least the phones are smart). 🙂 Best wishes Cher. 🙂

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        *LOL* Agreed 100% my dear! On the train today almost every single person I saw was on their phone. When will people start talking to each other, as opposed to their phones? MEH!! And to you, thank you! Cher xo

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      3. D. Parker says:

        They’re lost, I’m afraid. 😉

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        You’ve got that right!

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  10. Now I wouldn’t mind sitting waiting for a train in here 🙂 xxxx Beautiful building

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      We felt the same way, Sue! It was delightful to even walk through Union Station, but to sit and feel the excitement of such a wonderful building and courtyard and then to take a marvelous train voyage would be simply fantastic! Thank you, Sue! Hugs and blessings, Cher xo

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  11. Sharifah says:

    The Union Station is one of my favorite places in LA. Sitting there, reading a book, while waiting for friends. Thanks for featuring it, Cher. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh thank you so much, Sharifah! We were so excited to see it and (as you know) it’s so incredibly impressive. We cannot wait to go back, as you can imagine! Thank you for your comments! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  12. roweeee says:

    I just love such impressive, grand old train stations. So majestic and such relics from a bygone era…an era I’m rather partial too. I love art deco and collect tea cups and accessories. Reminds me of my grandparents xx Rowena

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      We love old train stations, too! And art deco! Just brilliant! Cher xo

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