Monday, June 13, 2011

Visiting Glendale's Historic Train Station

Built in 1923 -- the same year, coincidentally, as our own house -- Glendale's train station (originally the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot) boasts tons of charm. The Spanish Mission Revival building, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, underwent a major renovation in the mid-1990s as Glendale built a transportation hub around the site.

The depot, of course, famously seen in the film noir classic "Double Indemnity," now serves passengers via Amtrak's Pacific Coastliner Surfliner line and two different Metrolink lines.

Here's more info from Great American Stations:

The station features ornate front and rear entrances, each with heavily carved panel doors bracketed by twisted half-columns supporting a curved ornamental wrought-iron balcony—a false second story—all in traditional white-painted terracotta. The single-story stucco-sided building is traditionally rectangular in shape, pierced by large, deep-set and delicately-arched windows protected by original iron grillwork on the outside with a scalloped overhang. Flanking wings of recent construction are roofed in red barrel-tiles. Ornate pierced ironwork supports the Southern Pacific logo over the front door.
More pics:

Inside the station

Behind the station, waiting for the trains to pass by

Glendale Train Station
Southern Pacific Line

Model of the train station

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