Slide Show Tribute: Happy Birthday, Union Station!


In the May issue of Los Angeles (on newsstands), we feature “Track Star,” a tribute by David Kipen to Union Station as it celebrates its 75th birthday. There’s good reason to celebrate, too: Built by the father-and-son architectural firm of John and Don Parkinson, the handsome rail hub has bounced back from its nadir of decades ago, hosting more travelers today than ever before. The station became a cross-cultural center soon after opening in 1939. The last six photos in the slide show below—mostly snapshots taken by regular Angelenos—are from the Los Angeles Public Library’s “Shades of L.A.” collection, which captures the diversity of families in L.A. The images that follow are not only a testament to Union Station’s good looks, but they also show how much of the historic property has remained intact over the better part of a century.

To read “Track Star,” pick up a copy of our May issue (on newsstands) or subscribe now!

To read “Track Star,” pick up a copy of the May issue on newsstands or subscribe now