The original train stop in Azusa opened in 1887 by the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad.
The Gold line uses the old right of way of The Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad, which built the first train tracks and 1887 station in Azusa.
The Santa Fe line served the San Gabriel Valley until 1994, when the 1994 Northridge earthquake weakened the bridge in Arcadia and the track was closed until the Gold line was built.
The Depot was designed in the Streamline Modern style and was completed in 1946.
Architectural and design services were provided for the rehabilitation and reuse of the Santa Fe Depot as a transit plaza. The project is located at 130 E Santa Fe Ave Azusa, CA.
The plaza includes a café’ style transit store and a bicycle station. These amenities provide a welcoming experience to transit commuters and the general public.
Furthermore, the rehabilitation supports the City’s historic preservation goals and brings new life to the currently vacant building.
A major portion of the design work was to upgrade the structure for seismic safety and to repair and replace large areas of rotted roof and roof framing.
There was much interior damage from water and other incidents during the closure of the building.
Much of the building was relatively closed to grade but some design work was necessary for accessibility including connections to different interior floor areas.
Some minor miscellaneous site work around the perimeter of the building was also needed.