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The subway tunnel running under this building has long been closed but when the Subway Terminal Building was built in 1924-1926, there were over 1,000 miles of interurban Pacific Electric railway lines transporting some 65,000 workers daily. The subway line running into the Terminal building stopped running in 1955 and altogether in 1961, not because of earthquakes as you might think but because Americans were starting to fall in love with their cars.
The building has been renovated and reopened in 2005 as loft apartments. But you can still see some remnants of the original building, "Svbway Terminal" printed on the sidewalk leading into the building and the two transportation motif mosaics on the two entry doors. You can enter the lobby and see some of the remnants of the original buildings such as the elevator doors in my photo.
You can see the similarity in architectural style between this building and the nearby Biltmore Hotel, this Beaux Arts building was designed by the same architects, Schultze and Weaver. Our guide pointed out though that the decor that you see on the south side of the building (along 5th Street) isn't nearly as ornate as the Biltmore because at the time it was built, the Philharmonic Building was in front of it instead of a parking lot.
Located at 417 S. Hill Street between 4th and 5th Streets.
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