California Depot Postcard of the Week Series


# 1 - Santa Fe Railroad’s La Grande Station - Los Angeles


About the Depot: 

·        The depot was formally opened in 1893 and was a unique combination of Turkish and Moorish architecture.

·        The depot was located close by the west bank of the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles on Santa Fe Avenue between 1st at 2nd Streets.

·        It was a regular backdrop used by the Hollywood film industry in both very early silent and 1930’s “talkie” movies.

·        The depot was the starting and ending point of the famous “Kite Route” excursion trains, which followed a figure eight route that took people for a day’s ride through the scenic areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

·        The depot’s large Mosque like dome was damaged in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and was subsequently removed

·        It served Santa Fe passengers for 46 years until the opening of the new Los Angeles Union Passenger Depot in 1939.

·        It was demolished in 1946 to make way for a freight depot

Because of its importance to the growth of Los Angeles and the highly unique style of period architecture, it would certainly have been a landmark structure on the National Register of Historic Places had it survived.