Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Union Station Walking Tour

Union Station Walking Tour

E.g., 2014-04-16
E.g., 2014-04-16
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:00am
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:00am Register
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:00am Register

The grand opening of Union Station was celebrated with a three-day extravaganza attended by nearly half a million people. The station’s monumental architecture, a unique combination of Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco styles, assured that it would be one of the most identifiable landmarks in the city.

It also turned out to be the last great railway station built in America, constructed as it was near the end of the heyday of rail travel. The vast and extraordinary spaces now serve as station to the city’s Metro Rail lines, and once again tens of thousands of people course through the building every day.

In the mid-1990s, an intermodal transit center and 28-story office tower was added on the east side of Union Station. These additions draw on the 1939 station for inspiration, interpreting the vast spaces and southwestern colors in a new way, and incorporating the work of many different artists as part of the public spaces.

Note: If the Register button does not appear next to a date above, the tour has sold out.

Walk-ins are accepted on this tour. Please have exact change (cash or check, no credit cards) and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour time. Groups of 5 or more are strongly encouraged to have advance reservations. Please note that in the unlikely event the tour reaches capacity, patrons with paid reservations have priority.

If you have an informal group, like a Meet Up, and are planning on designating a tour to come to, please alert the Program Manager Annie Laskey at alaskey@laconservancy.org or 213-430-4209, so that we can have enough docents available.

Meeting Location: Union Station, 800 N. Alameda Street. Tour meets in the Alameda Street entrance lobby, near the information counter.

Parking: Various surface lots in the area ($5-$15). $6 parking is available in the MTA garage, located to the rear of the historic station. Entrance to the garage is from Cesar Chavez Avenue or Vignes Street.

Metro: Gold Line or Red Line to Union Station. For details, visit metro.net.

Important Policies:

  • Tour will run rain or shine
  • No refunds.  You can change your reservation date if you contact us at info@laconservancy.org at least 24 hours before your original reservation date.
  • No pets.
  • If a member of your party is in a wheelchair, please let us know in advance by emailing alaskey@laconservancy.org.

Sample Tour Sites (subject to change)