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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Union Station Tour Part 1

Man oh man, if you are a history buff or just like checking out cool old places, take the Union Station tour! I learned that there was once a Harvey House restaurant at Union Station. It closed in the 60's but it can be rented for special occasions. The day of our tour, they were setting up for a reception. If you want more information on Harvey Houses, visit this site: http://www.harveyhouses.net/

Above you see a the beauty of this place. Look at that tile! In future posts, you'll get to see the inside of the Harvey House that was.

Union Station has two courtyards on either side where train passengers could wait and enjoy the Southern California weather. This beautiful Art Deco water fountain blew me away. To think that it has survived all these years!

Inside the station, there are many of these giant chandeliers. They weigh over 300 pounds!

These chairs fill the main lobby and they are originals. The only thing that has changed over the years is the upholstery. Originally, they were covered in leather but that long since gave way to vinyl. If you were a fan of Flash Forward, several scenes were filmed in this room for the season finale.

This little gem is amazing. These are all over the main lobby and they are made of brass. What are they? Wait until you hear this... The center section is lifted up to reveal the mechanism for opening the blinds on the giant windows. Pretty clever!

That's it for now. I will post part 2 either tonight or tomorrow!


Davelandweb said...

Those chairs are fantastic...and so is Union Station. Especially all the way cool tilework!

Thufer said...

Oh my! Those chairs look so cool and so comphy. (is that spelled corect?) any way; those are just plain awesome.

Darrin.. said...

That water fountain is wicked cool! Things definitely were made to last back in the day!