Gawk At The Wondrous Bradbury Building In LA

on August 15, 2013

Bradbury Building

This beautiful building may not look like much from the outside but inside it’s stunning Filigree ironwork. Built in 1893 The Bradbury Building (304 Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013) is one of Los Angeles most beloved buildings.

Lewis Bradbury, a mining and real estate millionaire, commissioned Sumner Hunt to create a spectacular office building. Hunt turned in completed designs, but was replaced soon after by George H. Wyman, who supervised construction. Wyman worried so much about whether he could do the job he consulted an Ouija board that told him to take the job. During construction a spring was discovered. Instead of this being a disaster, Wyman harnessed the water to run steam-powered elevators.

You probably recognize the interior of the Bradbury Building as it has featured in a wide range of movies and TV shows. It features heavily in the 1982 cult Sci-Fi classic Blade Runner as J. F. Sebastian’s (played by Harrison Ford) apartment in which most of the film’s story unfolds. More recently it appeared in The Artist as the Kinograph Studios where the fading silent film star George Valentin and rising star Peppy Miller pass each other on a staircase. It’s also appeared in Chinatown, Lethal Weapon 4, Disclosure and Wolf among others.

These days it’s home to LAPD’s Internal Affairs, a Sprint cellular shop and a Subway. You can only go inside the building and as far up as the 2nd floor. If you are quiet and respectful the security guards don’t seem to mind you taking pictures of this wonderful building that now smells distinctly like a Subway sandwich!