5. Subway Terminal Building (Metro 417)

Subway Terminal Building lobby Downtown LA Untapped Cities

The Subway Terminal Building (1925) was once LA’s only underground subway station. The original metro system had one stop underground and the rest of the stops were aboveground. The Subway Terminal Building resembled New York City’s Grand Central Terminal with its Classical architecture and light-filled lobby. It actually had two lobbies: one for the subway and one for offices. The building has been used for many different purposes, including a Social Security Office, a place for the LAPD to keep stolen property, and today it has been redeveloped as condos.