Los Angeles Union Station explores this compelling example of how transit and corporations disrupted regional balances of power and political economies. Aided by new research and beautiful drawings from the Getty Research Institute’s archive, the authors demonstrate how contentious politics informed architectural design—and the many ways in which Union Station was at the heart of the rise of Los Angeles. The book accompanies the exhibition No Further West, on view at the Los Angeles Public Library from May 2 through August 10, 2014.
Marlyn Musicant is a senior exhibitions coordinator at the Getty Research Institute. William Deverell is professor of history at the University of Southern California and director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. Matthew W. Roth is director of corporate archives at the Automobile Club of Southern California and the founding curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum.