I find it quite sad that this parking structure (as seen above and in the bg/right of the color image), into which the trains passed below and the buses idled atop, is being demolished in the next few weeks. According to this article
, "a notice to residents of the neighboring Metro 417 condo complex (aka Subway Terminal Building) says that demolition should begin in April on the parking structure that's along Olive Street."
Here's a view from the other side, showing it "along Olive Street" looking toward the top of the structure (from this post
Check out how the sidewalk used to dip down into a door beneath grade, now all filled in.
The structure—specifically known as "The Pacific Electric Railway Company's Hill St Station Electric Train Shed, Auto Park on Roof"—was constructed in 1931, according to the Sanborn:
Now some of you may be looking at the Sanborn and orienting yourself and saying, ok, there's the Terminal Bldg, and this doomed train shed we're talking about, and down at 433 there's that market with the Van De Kamp's we've discussed, and over at the far left is the now-demolished Auditorium, who's that down there
known as the "Ohio Oil Building?"
Good question—a quick thread search shows that we haven't covered it (but we all know what a thread search is worth). That said, once upon a time there was the most amazing Walker & Eisen
down on Hill Street that looked like this:
Which was their 1928 Federal Title Building (which had been renamed Ohio Oil in 1939). (And look! there's our minutes-ticking-away train shed in the background. To further orient yourself, those are this building's fire escapes at far left in this image
The above image was shot in 1980 for the Historic American Building Survey. In the data for the images they note that the building had had only very minor alterations. It was (opposed to the Telephone Bldg on Olive, as damaged in '71 and reclad soonafter) in tiptop shape. There are glowing remarks about its significance
, its unaltered character
, including its intact interior
. Nevertheless, a demo permit is issued just five years later—it being 1985 and the same year the Auditorium went down...one can only assume it was by the same hand for the same project, but precious few remember this wonderful and unlamented structure.
All of the images and info on W&E's Federal Title found here
. Interestingly, these images were shot by Julius Shulman, but don't seem to appear online at the Getty.
But to get back to our train shed for a second,
isn't that where they store that yellow LARy car? (Here seen lurking under a blue tarp.) Where is it going to go?