Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

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Bergamot Station is the historical name for the site on which the gallery complex is located, dating back to 1875 when it was a stop for the Red Line trolley running from Los Angeles to the Santa Monica Pier. Bergamot is a flower of the mint family that once flourished in the area.

When the trolley cars stopped running in 1953, the site’s warehouse buildings housed a celery packing operation, then an ice-making plant, and finally a factory for the manufacture of water heaters. Thereafter, the City of Santa Monica purchased the property which then sat abandoned, with plans for it to once again serve as an eventual transit stop, this time for a proposed light rail line running from Los Angeles to Santa Monica.

Plans for the light rail were eventually shelved and the City, seeking an interesting use for the site, approached Wayne Blank, developer and co-owner of the Shoshana Wayne Gallery. Blank’s development expertise has already been tapped by the City of Santa Monica for an earlier project: the conversion of a vacant city-owned airport hangar into artists’ studios. The City, pleased with the project’s outcome, asked Blank to conceive of an artistic use for the Bergamot Station site. Bergamot Station, a campus-like complex that has retained its industrial and rustic look, held its official opening on September 17, 1994.

Since its launch, Bergamot Station has become a popular destination for visitors from around the country and the world. Bergamot Station provides a central location which allows visitors to park in one place and spend the day seeing art, rather than spending time driving from one gallery to the next. It now appears in every guide to Los Angeles as a primary cultural destination, with well over 600,000 visitors each year.
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  • this area formerly had the santa monica contemporary art museum, now moved to the center of LA. the large number of surrounding galleries remain. the area is at the Bergamot station on the light rail,...  more »
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  • I really enjoyed visiting here and seeing the art, supporting local artists. The building is a converted hangar, too, which is cool. If memory serves there is also a cafe, which means you can make a day of it. Highly recommended for art enthusiasts and for people looking for something out of the ordinary to do, whether local or visiting from out of town.
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  • Our little revolutionary private school Angeles Workshop School goes on we'll field trips and usually visits the galleries at Bergamot at least twice a year. We love the galleries, especially Building Bridges and Patrick Painter, both of whom have welcomed our students with personal tours and engaging discussions.
  • I wish there were better parking and pickup areas. Otherwise, it is a pretty clean new space.
  • Very nice train stop. Make sure you do not cross when the lights are on or police might stop you and gove u a big ticke. Don't risk it as the trains are very frequent.

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