From renderings to reality, Los Angeles’ Union Station is a beautiful monument to California, the City of Angels, and the many passengers who’ve come through. It’s the last week to see No Further West, but let’s always remember the celebration of the station.
Main entrance, Union Station, 2013
Alameda Street Elevation, Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal (detail), July 16, 1936. Getty Research Institute
Ticket Concourse, Union Station, 2013
Main Concourse, Section XII, March 6, 1938, Edward Warren Hoak. Getty Research Institute
Tower, Section XII, with Early Proposal for Finial, November 9, 1937, Edward Warren Hoak. Getty Research Institute
ok, some apologies:
- today’s architecture update is flawed. due to me. and my not having my good camera. i know, a poor workman blames his tools. to that end: i’m blaming my tools.
- i don’t know, i’m sure there’s something else i can apologize for.
- oh, that’s right, this palace (for it’s a palace) deserves to be documented and shot over days, with amazing cameras. instead i had 5 minutes and a point and shoot.
nonetheless, here are pictures of a palace in los feliz. which is, for those who don’t live in l.a, a part of los angeles. technically it’s where i live. i think. i live in about 10 different neighborhoods:
- los feliz
- east hollywood
- hollywood hills
- franklin village
- beachwood canyon, etc…
but los feliz is one of the neighborhoods i live in. sort of. and here’s the palace. apparently it’s famous for having been the seat of a huge estate at one point. and over time the estate has been chopped up and sold off. so now it’s a palace without an estate. but it’s still amazing. and apparently jimi hendrix wrote ‘purple haze’ here. and apparently jimmy page met the devil here. or something. i guess it depends upon how you define ‘devil’. and possibly how you define ‘jimmy page’.
in any case, as i might have mentioned, it’s one of the most amazing houses in l.a.
p.s - my friend marya was standing by the pool so i’m including a picture of her in amongst the architecture.
Just messing around, I love these retro houses!
The Library of Celsus
Built in honor of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus in Ephesus, Anatolia (now Selçuk, Turkey), the library was built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a monumental tomb for Celsus. Celsus is buried in a sarcophagus beneath the library, in the main entrance.
Construction was between 117-120 AD, and the building is important as one of the few remaining examples of an ancient Roman-influenced library. It also shows that public libraries were built not only in Rome itself but throughout the Roman Empire.
The interior of the library and all its books were destroyed by fire in the devastating earthquake that struck the city in 262. Only the facade survived.
Octopus Door - Modern Miami Beach Art Deco - BEV Norton