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Union.Station.Exterior.TowerThere are so many great reasons to support the work of Alhambra Preservation Group! Among them, our Fall Field Trip is one of the most popular events of the year – and it’s “members only.”

This year we have something truly extraordinary planned – a guided tour of one of the most iconic landmarks of the region, Los Angeles Union Station. The last of the great railroad passenger terminals built in America, this extraordinary feat of civic planning united three transcontinental railroads, centralized passenger travel in Los Angeles and played a key role in the development of the Southern California region. Throughout its 75-year history, Union Station’s artful blend of the Spanish Colonial Revival, Mission Revival and Streamline Moderne architectural styles has captured the hearts and the imaginations of architectural historians, travelers, railroad enthusiasts, civic leaders, authors, artists and film makers.

On Saturday morning, November 8, Alhambra Preservation Group will host a special walking tour of Union Station. Led by docents of the L.A. Conservancy, our tour will focus on the art, architecture and social history of this remarkable landmark. Approximately two and one half hours in length (from 10 a.m. to 12:30), the tour covers about one mile in total distance and is wheelchair accessible.

APG will underwrite the cost of admission for the first 30 members who reserve a spot to attend this private tour. If you are not already a member, but would like to participate in this tour, it’s not too late!  You can join APG now. Just visit us online.  Please give generously to support our vital work. Then give us a call at (626) 755-3467 so that we can reserve space for you. Don’t delay! Space is limited and this event will soon be filled to capacity. We will confirm your participation by phone or email, providing you with suggestions on how to get to Union Station, as well as information on where to park and where to meet our tour group.

“We live in a diverse, multiracial and less-certain city of tomorrow that the poised and confident architecture of Union Station never dreamed of. Among the many things Union Station is today – glamorous symbol of Depression-era optimism, movie character actor and marketable real estate – it’s also a working time machine. For those who enter, Union Station can take them back to see the illusions and realities from which Los Angeles was made and perhaps allow those time travelers to reflect on who we were and what we might yet become.”
                                                                 ~ D.J. Waldie, cultural historian

Thank you for your generous support of Alhambra Preservation Group! We hope you can join us on our tour of Union Station, and we look forward to seeing you at future APG events and activities throughout the year.

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Make the most of your APG membership!  Every year in the Fall, Alhambra Preservation Group hosts a special “members-only” activity — a free guided tour of a Southern California architectural treasure.

This year we have a real treat in store for our members — a two-hour walking tour of the Caltech campus in Pasadena, scheduled for Friday morning, November 9th from 10 a.m. to noon.  If you’re not already a member of APG, you can join today and request to have your name added to our list of tour-goers.  A maximum of 30 participants can be accommodated on our private “behind the scenes” tour of the campus, but there are still spots available.

After a brief visit to the Caltech faculty club, the renowned Athenaeum designed in 1931 by Gordon Kaufmann, the tour will explore several original buildings on campus, some of which date to 1910.  Participants will see how architect and master planner Bertram Goodhue, using “shaded portals, sheltering walls and Persian pools,” set the tone for a campus of great beauty — so that the scientists and engineers working and studying here could become more aware of the aesthetic values of life.

Our tour guide will be Romy Wyllie, author of the foremost reference work on the history of the Institute, Caltechs Architectural Heritage, from Spanish Tile to Modern Stone, published in 2000.  A certified interior designer and member of the International Interior Design Association, Wyllie has taught architectural history and interior design.  She is co-founder and chairman of the Caltech Architectural Tour Service.

The Caltech tour is a fairly strenuous walk, covering a distance of about 1.3 miles, and it includes flights of stairs.  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.  We regret that strollers, walkers and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this tour.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 31.  Call today to learn more, or to get your name on the list of tour-goers:  (626) 755-3467.

Photos courtesy of Caltech.

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