Saturday, December 4, 2010

Downtown LA's Historic Bradbury Building

Another fascination in my travels is finding many unique architectural wonders. These are wonders because they are so memorable, unlikely to be duplicated and simply the product of another time. Such is the case with the Bradbury Building located in downtown Los Angeles.

Completely restored in the early 1990s, the 1893 building is the oldest commercial office structure remaining in Downtown and one of the most stunning architectural gems. Self-made mining tycoon Lewis Bradbury commissioned the building. The result is a handsome sandstone and brick-clad exterior enclosing a striking interior featuring a five-story, sky-lit atrium with open cage elevators, Mexican tile floors, yellow brick walls, marble stairs, cast-iron filigree railings and suspended mail chutes.

The building may also be familiar because the structure has been featured both in film and on television. See the next post about this building featured in the films "(500) Days of Summer" and "Blade Runner" as well as the television series "Fame" and "Pushing Daisies".

Hours Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat-Sun 9am-5pm. Enter from the Broadway or Third Street doors. Visitors are only allowed up to the first landing of the two open stairways. Metro subway station: Pershing Square. If you're visiting Grand Central Market, exit the market on Broadway and the building is located across the street.


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