Los Angeles Union Station
Since 2008, ARG has played a wide-ranging role in preserving and enhancing the Los Angeles Union Station, one of the region’s most iconic and beloved buildings. Completed in 1939 to the designs of father-son duo Parkinson and Parkinson, the building merges the city’s Spanish Colonial heritage with forward-looking Moderne flourishes.
Our work coincides with Union Station’s re-emergence as a major hub for interstate and commuter rail and Los Angeles’ light rail and bus system, serving over 100,000 passengers daily. Using a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach on a wide variety of projects, our work has included:
- Historic Structure Report
- Wood and metal restoration, including conservation of the historic ticket counters, original seating, and bronze windows, doors, and grilles
- Comprehensive roof repair and replacement
- Signage and wayfinding
- Installation of a new HVAC system
- Acoustic wall tile cleaning and restoration
- Design and construction of a new Bike Hub facility
- Design and construction of mobile retail merchandise units (RMU’s) in the main Waiting Room
- Decorative painted ceiling cleaning and restoration
- Design Guidelines for Tenant Improvements
- Emergency response and restoration of the South Arcade and Fred Harvey Restaurant
- Restoration of the Fred Harvey Restaurant Mezzanine, including the addition of a new elevator
- Tenant improvements and re-opening of the Fred Harvey Restaurant
- Design and construction of new station restrooms and renovation of existing restrooms
- Accessibility study and upgrades
- LED lighting upgrades
- Survey of historic ceramic tile
- Landscape upgrades
- Consultation on the station’s historic and non-historic archives
What You May Not Know
The metal restoration project at Union Station was the largest ever completed in
the City of Los Angeles.
Construction has to be scheduled and coordinated to not impact the safety and flow of patrons,
existing businesses and other tenants such as the Metro and Amtrak.
Our work at Union Station was prominently featured in the 93rd Academy Awards, hosted at
Union Station in 2021.
See the list of awards here.
Photography by Panic Studio L.A. and Morlin Asset Management