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Union Station in Los Angeles, California, which opened in May 1939, is known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States, but even with its massive and ornate waiting room and adjacent ticket concourse, it is considered small in comparison to other union stations.

Union Station was partially designed by the father and son team of John Parkinson and Donald B. Parkinson, or the Parkinsons, assisted by a group of supporting architects, including the famous Jan van der Linden. The Parkinsons also designed Los Angeles City Hall. Their firm designed many landmark Los Angeles buildings from the late 19th century onward. The structure combines Dutch Colonial Revival Style architecture (the suggestion of the Dutch born Jan van der Linden), Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne style, with architectural details such as eight-pointed stars.

The lower part of the interior walls is covered in travertine marble, and the upper part is covered with an early form of acoustical tile. The floor is terra cotta tile with a central strip of inlaid marble (including travertine, somewhat unusual in floors since it is soft).

Here in this image is the no longer used ticket concourse, having given way to the electronic ticketing of todays world.

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