Union Station

Union Station information

Los Angeles , USA
Street 800 N Alameda St
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Lonely Planet review

Built on the site of LA’s original Chinatown, the station opened in 1939 as America’s last grand rail station. It’s a glamorous exercise in Mission Revival with art-deco accents. The marble-floored main hall, with cathedral ceilings, original leather chairs and grand chandeliers, is breathtaking.

The tiled twin domes north of the station belong to the Terminal Annex, once LA’s central post office before it was closed and later reopened as an active postal branch. This is where Charles Bukowski worked, inspiring his 1971 novel Post Office .