Palo Alto Station
Built in 1940, the Palo Alto station is the only building in the city designed Moderne style, which usually features glass blocks, portholes, horizontal stripping, and curved corners. The station has all of these elements, making it truly unique. For these reasons it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The station contains a mural, painted by John McQuarrie, depicting important events in California (as seen in the street view). The station remains an important transportation hub today, serving customers taking buses to neighboring areas, shuttles to Stanford University, and the Caltrain.
Backstory and Context
There is a sad irony in the fact that ultra modern building was constructed just as rail transportation began to decline.
The waiting room features a 26-foot long mural by John McQuarrie which depicts Leland Stanford surveying the West and developments in California's history. The building was refurbished in the 1980s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance.
"Palo Alto Station." National Park Service. Accessed May 9, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/santaclara/pal.htm.
The University Avenue Train Depot: A Streamline to the Past. paloaltohistory.org. Accessed July 22, 2017. http://www.paloaltohistory.org/the-university-avenue-train-depot.php.