Los Angeles Union Station is a celebrated architectural icon and a symbol of the city’s early-20th-century aspirations. Completed in 1939, Union Station centralized rail travel in Los Angeles and, before the rise of air and automobile travel, was the primary gateway into the city. More than a historic artifact, it is now the vibrant centerpiece of the region’s evolving transportation network.
Organized by the Getty Research Institute, the exhibition features beautifully rendered architectural drawings, photographs, and other archival material that illuminate the contentious 30-year process of creating the station’s eclectic, distinctly Southern Californian architecture.
Presented in another iconic downtown landmark, the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library, the exhibition examines the architectural design and cultural politics of the historic station, and concludes with a selection of recent plans for Union Station 2050.
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 1st, 2014, 5-6 PM