Emerging from number-crunching, tax record-preparing hell, I found my way to The Bradbury Building

in downtown Los Angeles. The Bradbury Buildging is an architectural landmark located at 304 South Broadway at West 3rd Street in downtown Los Angeles, California. Built in 1893, the building was commissioned by Los Angeles gold-mining millionaire Lewis L. Bradbury and constructed by draftsman George Wyman from the original design by Sumner Hunt.[6] It appears in many works of fiction and has been the site of many movie and television shoots and music videos.

Bradbury Bldg. Lobby view

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You may know this building from the movie Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, one of my favorite movies. This is one of the two elevators. I grew up in New York with elevators like these that needed a human to “drive” them using the crank control you can see in the lower right hand of the photo.

The Bradbury Bldg. elevator.

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The view from the other side of the lobby is:

The Bradbury Bldg. Lobby view

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As you can see, this cinematic space with it’s filigreed cast iron work offers many different looks and ambiences making it the perfect setting for many different plot possibilities.

The top floor is open and spacious, the whole ceiling a skylight illuminating everything below it in natural light. Truly a wondrous place to work. I wouldn’t mind living there.

The Bradbury Building top floor

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The door (and light) at the end of the hallway.

The Bradbury Building 3rd Street door

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While architecture isn’t my usual thing this building just begs to be photographed.

Thanks for reading, until next time…

Peace,