1950s view of Union Station, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1950

1950s view of Union Station, downtown Los AngelesFrom the moment I first saw it, some 20-odd years ago, Union Station on the edge of downtown L.A. became one of my favorite buildings. Walking through it makes me feel like I’m on a movie set—probably because it’s so pristinely maintained. It opened in 1939, but it could have been last week. Judging by the cars, I’d say this shot is from the 1950s, but on the other hand, the sky looks suspiciously smog-free, doesn’t it? The brown car is a 1948 Plymouth 4-door sedan, and the tan one is a 1949 Chevy Deluxe coupe, so this photo is probably circa 1950.

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2 Responses to 1950s view of Union Station, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1950

  1. Carole Talaway says:

    Since it restored it’s been used as a set in so many movies that take place in the 40’s and 50’s. There is a wonderful restaurant there now and a beautiful fountain in the courtyard built by the Metropolitan Water District that made its headquarters annex part of the complex about 20 years ago.

  2. Jean Hunter says:

    Remember when I dropped off my mom here in the ’80s and what a beautiful place it was. Felt like I had stepped back to a time when I wasn’t even around yet. Glad it’s still here with us.

    Thanks, Martin.

    Jean