Chinatown originally began at El Pueblo and the Union Station site in 1860. Relocated to Broadway in 1938, its distinctive architecture, shops, restaurants, cultural organizations offer an interesting sample of the multicultural tradition of the City.
Re-established after World War II, Little Tokyo remains the cultural heart of the Japanese American community. Its national museum, restaurants, temples, theater, galleries and culture center offer an interesting sample of Los Angeles culture.
Los Angeles City Hall
The architects of this 1926-28 twenty eight story structure were John and Donald Parkinson and Albert C. Martin. In the 1950s this was the only building allowed to exceed the city's 150 foot height limit. Now, its tower is one of many. The Byzantine-style interior public spaces were designed by Austin Whittlesey.
Union Passenger Terminal Station
Three railroads combined to build Union Station, which, when it was dedicated on May 7, 1939, was the last of the great train stations to be built in this country. Architects John and Donald Parkinson used Streamline Moderne and Spanish Colonial Revival styles for the station. Edward Warren Hoak, chief designer for the Parkinson firm, planned the main buildings and clock tower and most of the details of the interior.
United States Post Office Terminal Annex
The post office terminal annex built in 1938 was designed in the California Mission style by Gilbert Stanley Underwood. The supervising engineer was Neal A. Melick. In the interior Boris Deutsch painted the last murals executed under WPA supervision.