Streetcar Depot, West Los Angeles

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Streetcar Depot
Streetcar Depot, West Los Angeles VA Center.JPG
West Los Angeles Streetcar Depot, 2008
Location West Los Angeles, California
Built 1900
Architect Peters & Burns
Architectural style Eastlake
Governing body U.S. Veterans Administration
NRHP Reference # 72000232 [1]
Added to NRHP February 23, 1972

Coordinates: 34°03′26″N 118°27′37″W / 34.0572444°N 118.46019834°W / 34.0572444; -118.46019834

The Streetcar Depot on the grounds of the Sawtelle Veterans Home was designed in conjunction with the Wadsworth Chapel by J. Lee Burton in 1900.[2] Both were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

This station was formerly the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad terminus of the "Soldier's Home Branch," a short extension of the "Santa Monica Air Line" (what is now the Expo Line), starting at Home Junction and continuing north in a (still somewhat intact) private right-of-way on the west side of Sepulveda Boulevard to end at this station. The depot also served the Balloon Route.

The line was maintained, but only sporadically used, until 1953 when passenger service on the Air Line was eliminated. The right-of-way was kept intact, but eventually sold piecemeal for building development making any restoration of service highly unlikely.


Designed in the Eastlake style, the building is similar to another still-standing structure that was connected to the same streetcar line: The Palms Depot Building.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b David Gebhard and Robert Winter (1994). Los Angeles: An Architectural Guidebook, p. 95. Gibbs Smith. ISBN 0-87905-627-4.