NO. 404

Birth of a Trolley Substation

Listed as Historic Cultural Monument #404 by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission as the Los Angeles Railway Huron Substation, the building was built in 1906 from a design by engineer Edward S. Cobb.  It is the second oldest surviving substation in the city which housed equipment to convert high-voltage electricity supplied by the Edison Company to the 600 volts current used by the L.A. Railways “Yellow Cars,” providing urban transportation for many years.

We welcome film shoots, photo shoots, commercials, corporate and private events.

I've Been Shot

The substation has lent its character to numerous feature film and television shoots, such as “Secretary”, “Must Love Dogs”, “Fast & Furious”, “Catwoman”, “The Kids Are Alright”, “Date Night”, “Heroes”, NCIS, Major Crimes and many pilots.


Location for photographing catalogs (fashion, home wares, furniture), editorial, portraits, cars, and natural light. We have hosted such magazines as: GQ, Vogue and Maxim.

  • 200 amps house power 
  • Indoor Cooling (new!)
  • Outdoor garden with Napa gravel ground cover and industrial, art deco style fountain
  • Easy access drive-through barn doors (11 ½’w x 13’h)
  • 45’ ceilings with skylights
  • Screen Projection System with ceiling mounted surround sound
  • Wireless internet access
  • Plexiglass bar (featuring tumbleweeds)
  • 8’ wide circular Chandelier on adjustable winch

Front Courtyard

Back Courtyard

Main Room


Floor Plans:


House power available for events and photo shoots utilizing strobe lights.  Photo shoots and events utilizing Tungsten or HMI lighting are asked to supply their own generator or pay an additional charge for house power.

*Film shoots are required to supply their own generator.

A Hidden Gem Just Above Downtown Los Angeles