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)
Streetcar Depot, West Los Angeles is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Streetcar Depot, West Los Angeles
Streetcar Depot, West Los Angeles is located in California
Streetcar Depot, West Los Angeles
Streetcar Depot, West Los Angeles is located in the US
Streetcar Depot, West Los Angeles
Location Sawtelle,
West Los Angeles, California
Built 1900
Architect J. Lee Burton,
Peters & Burns
Architectural style Eastlake
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 Sawtelle Streetcar Depot is located on the grounds of the Sawtelle Veterans Home in Sawtelle, in the Westside area of Los Angeles, California.

The depot was designed by J. Lee Burton in 1900, in conjunction with the nearby Wadsworth Chapel also on the Veterans Home campus.[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 to the then Pacific Branch National Military Home − Los Angeles Disabled Veterans Home. 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 restoration of its full service route unlikely. However, the former section of the former Air Line right of way will now be used by the Expo Line Phase 2 extension. The historical section started at the Home Station, the present day Expo / Sepulveda Metro station location, and continued north on the western side of Sepulveda Boulevard to the Sawtelle depot.


The wooden building was designed in the Victorian Eastlake Movement style by J. Lee Burton, and completed in 1900.

It is similar to another still-standing structure of the Air Line, the Palms-Southern Pacific Railroad Depot.[2]

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