Thursday, April 26, 2012

May 10 > Subway Terminal Building Tour > Downtown

Credit: Tom Wetzel ( 
Given LA's ongoing commitment to public transit (can you say Expo Line?), de LaB has decided to look back on the golden age of our subway—the original Los Angeles subway.

On May 10th, we invite you to join us for a special tour of the former Subway Terminal Building (now known as Metro 417), located just off Pershing Square in Downtown. The Italian Renaissance Revival building currently houses luxury apartments (fitting, in that original architects, Schultze and Weaver, were best known for their luxury hotels), but once served as the downtown terminus for the "Hollywood Subway" branch of the Pacific Electric Railway Interurban rail line, which follows a similar route to today's Metro Red Line.

Credit: Metro Transportation Library and Archive
Built in 1925, the Subway saw its peak in 1944 - the trains carried an estimated 65,000 passengers through the tunnel each day. But as we all know, increased dependence on cars and the emergence of our beloved freeways led to the station's closure in the 1950s. The tunnel is now on the US National Register of Historic Places and the list of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments (#77).

Architect John Lesak of Page & Turnbull, Evan Janney of Metro 417, and Frank Frallicciardi of Forest City Development will offer us a sneak peek of this incredible slice of LA history.

Metro Transportation Library and Archive
For the full experience, we challenge you to meet us there via rail! After the tour, we'll go for drinks and nibbles at the new Umamicatessen on Broadway, before heading into the streets for the Downtown Art Walk.

Thursday, May 10
4:00 to 5:00pm Tour of Subway Terminal Building
417 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

5:30 to 7:30pm Drinks at Umamicatessen
852 Broadway Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Downtown Art Walk on your own

RSVP via Eventbrite. The event is free.

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  1. i wish i had know about this earlier. i would have moved mountains to be there. i've been down in that space once before leading a tour with the Conservancy (i'm a docent) and my memories have faded as this was back in about 1999/2000-ish. le sigh...

  2. Will you be doing this tour again? I'd love to go!

  3. no no no, how did I not know about this tour? Any chance they will do another?