Next to the historic site of the Campo de Cahuenga, where in 1847 Mexico relinquished control of California to the United States, this station, designed by artist Margaret Garcia and architect Kate Diamond, focuses on the significance of this event to California’s history. California was named by the Spaniards after the mythological black Amazon queen Califas, who was said to have ruled a tribe of women warriors.
Visitors walking into the station are greeted with a historical
timeline that highlights key dates and events related to the area’s past.
There is a series of highly stylized trees on the station platform to provide a canopy. These designs symbolize life, time and growth, and the design of these interior trees was influenced by the mature pepper trees that once lined Lankershim Boulevard, according to Metro.
Each tree trunk is decked in handmade colorful art tiles that reflect
the history of the area and its people, and offers a visual and textual
narrative of the events leading up to the Capitulation of Cahuenga.
For more information, visit Campo de Cahuenga's website.