Larry Zarian Transportation Center, Then and Now


Before the first interstate highway was paved, Angelenos relied on trains for long-distance travel. The iron horses departed from stations as grand as the ambitions of the rail tycoons who built them. The striking Spanish colonial revival facade of Glendale’s Southern Pacific Train Depot was the backdrop for this scene (inset) from the 1927 silent film Horse Shoes, in which Monty Banks and Jean Arthur play strangers who are mistaken for newlyweds by their fellow passengers. In the decades that followed, the condition of the station declined, and the building underwent a renovation that was completed in 1999. Renamed the Larry Zarian Transportation Center, the commuter hub today serves Amtrak, Metrolink, and Greyhound.