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 style 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.