Mary Cummins, Real Estate Appraiser, Animal Advocates, Los Angeles, California

Mary Cummins, Real Estate Appraiser, Animal Advocates, Los Angeles, California
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Friday, June 28, 2024

Glendale Metro Station aka Southern Pacific Railroad Depot by Mary Cummins

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The Glendale Metro Station was formerly known as the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot. I took these photos when I was down the street dropping off kittens to be spayed at Kitten Rescue.

On March 27, 1924, the Southern Pacific Railroad opened its eagerly anticipated Glendale passenger depot to an evening of great fanfare and community praise. The railroad contracted the San Francisco Architectural firm of MacDonald and Couchot. Architects Kenneth MacDonald Jr. and Maurice C. Couchot also designed depots for the Southern Pacific in Los Gatos and Santa Clara, but those stations no longer stand. The Spanish Colonial inspired depot features heavy "California" plaster mimicking adobe hiding its all cast concrete construction. Beautiful wrought iron grills, railings, lanterns and magnificent Churrigueresque cast stone entry portals guarded by fanciful mermen figures hold up the railroad's herald above each waiting room door. A concrete scored floor resembles old tile and the bumpy plaster finish continues inside. The crunch of decomposed gravel heard underfoot, was long ago replaced by modern concrete platforms. Native California plants and climbing roses were original landscaping. Because of the depot's proximity to the film industry in Los Angeles and Hollywood, many movies have been shot there. In the 1930s Buster Keaton filmed "College" at depot, "Horse Shoes" was another. The most well know film with the depot as a background was by director Billy Wilder, "Double Indemnity" in 1944 starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. The depot has undergone minor remodels in 1943, 1954 and restored in 1999 and 2012. Today, the unstaffed depot serves 10 Pacific Surfliners, 54 Metrolinks trains weekdays, and 12 Antelope Valley Line trains Weekends and is the 37th busiest Amtrak station in the state with 100 passengers daily.

Mary Cummins of Cummins Real Estate is a certified residential licensed appraiser in Los Angeles, California. Mary Cummins is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate appraisers and has over 35 years of experience.

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