LOS ANGELES: Union Station's Big Revamp
The bands and balloons will be out this Saturday as America's last great rail station, built in 1939, turns 75, and historic specialist Ray Adamyk's renovation welcomes the public. Your publisher paid a visit, where Ray pointed out the newly cleaned, big bronze windows, which join a restored ticket counter, seating area, and ceilings, all brought back to their original glory. 60,000 passengers a day use Amtrak, Metrolink, and Metro Rail. The aim of Metro (which bought the building for $75M in 2011) is to accommodate growth to 100,000 and build retail as Downtown and the Olvera Street area become rejuvenated destinations. See more pics of the renovation, as well as Ray's work on the new Ace Hotel, in Real Estate Bisnow Los Angeles.