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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  • If you love art, this is a great place to go. It is literally behind the tracks of the train station so a little hard to find. Luckily we spotted it quickly but upon leaving noticed a woman pacing up ...  more »
  • This is a place where a bit I forgot to talk about here... and yet I keep an excellent memory. It is with a blast that I "visited" its many galleries and this place during my last visit to L.A. This was my first stop and first spot on Santa Monica. It must be said that it is all "glued" to the metro stop. I loved the architecture of the galleries and the atmosphere in General. I recommend!
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  • It is a really nice place with varieties of artwork displaying and purchase options. But these art pieces are not offering to much information from galleries. I am not a crazy fan and know a lot about modern art, so they take me long time to figure out and appreciate them some time.
  • I love Bergamot Station . For years I came here 1-2x per month. I moved to Palms Springs for two years( a real artsy community) and when i moved back I just kind of forgot about it; it was awesome to be here again! I love creative expression and some art really speaks to me.This was a huge show and I wish I had had more time but was also scheduled for a holiday party with the TM group I belong to.I have purchased a couple of pieces from Bergamot Station and wish I had had more time. My goal this next year is to get back to doing more things that make me happy and my life complete! Art shows, running, writing, biking, meditating, visiting museums, concerts in the park and just enjoying life!!

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