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Historic Sites Southern California


The Forum
Inglewood, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

When you think of the L.A. Lakers and Kings, what else do you think about? Chick Hearn, the "voice" of the Lakers? Maybe. Magic Johnson and Wayne Gretzky. Perhaps. How about the Great Western Forum. Formerly called the "Fabulous Forum" b.s. (before sponsorship), the Forum sports tremendous architecture. Hopefully this site isn't destined for Roadside Peek's Retrolook and will remain here in the Historical Sites section for decades to come.



Firestone Marquee
City of Commerce, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The tall marquee for the Firestone Distribution Center in Commerce, CA has been a local landmark since the 1950's.

See more photos and information about this place at Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures tribute to the Firestone Building.



St. Vibiana's Cathedral (Closed)
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The next building was built in 1876 and was home to such dignitaries as the Pope and President Clinton. However, in 1996, the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles decided to demolish the St. Vibiana's Cathedral and build a brand new state-of-the-art cathedral in its place. The Los Angeles Conservancy rode in to its rescue and now, two lawsuits later, Cardinal Mahoney decided to sell St. Vibiana's instead of razing it and selected another parcel of land for the new cathedral. Another major victory for the L.A. Conservancy.



Union Station interior
Photo courtesy Rod Holcomb

Union Station was built in 1939 by three railroad companies, Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, and Santa Fe. Currently, Union Station serves Metrolink, Amtrak, and Metrorail "Red Line" trains and has seen a resurgence in popularity of sorts.


New to the station is the Gateway Center, a place of shops, restaurants, and offices, which opened in October 1995. Stepping inside the station, visitors and travelers alike marvel at the restored wood seating (1992), marble floors, 50 foot ceilings, and Spanish/Moorish architecture.

Union Station
Los Angeles, CA
Photo courtesy Sal Garcia

Here's a recent shot of the Union Station featuring its familiar night glow.

Here's a shot of the interior of the Union Station.



Terminal Annex 1998
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Located across the street from Union Station is the Terminal Annex, formerly the Post Office.













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