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Secondary Entrance, Union Station, Alameda St, Los Angeles

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It may not have been clear to all the entities involved when they commissioned John Parkinson to design Los Angeles Union Station that by the time it was completed a decade later it would be virtually obsolete.  The car and the airplane had conspired to supplant the train as the preferred mode of transportation, a transition that was all but complete by 1939.  Sadly, Parkinson wouldn't live to see his Spanish Mission and Art Deco inspired masterpiece finished.  Fortunately, the structure has managed to survive its obsolescence to be enjoyed by generation after generation.