Blowhard, Esq. writes:
Hard not to walk around this place and not feel like you’ve just been transported into Chinatown.
The station was completed in 1939, so I think it should be added to the list of other miracles to come out of Hollywood that year.
The view from the station’s entrance.
Both Union Station and L.A. City Hall, pictured above, were designed by the father-and-son architectural team of John B. and Donald D. Parkinson. If it had been up to me, I would’ve made them design every building in the city.
We headed to the subway to go across the 101 to Pershing Square.
The Rendezvous Room. Everything from Ghostbusters to Mad Men has been filmed here.
Here’s a picture of the 1% celebrating the hotel’s opening in 1923. Reminds me of the final image from The Shining.
While Union Station dates to the late 30s and the Biltmore is from the early 20s, the Bradbury Building, which you might recognize from Blade Runner, was built in 1893.
The wrought iron was made in France (and displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair), the marble for the staircase is from Belgium, and the floor tiles are from Mexico.
Another wonderful elevator.
One more of the atrium because it’s just so beautiful.