The Art & Design of Downtown’s Bradbury Building

Today, we tour through an architectural landmark commissioned by gold-mining millionaire Lewis L. Bradbury. Constructed in 1893, the Bradbury Building is the oldest commercial building left in Downtown Los Angeles. The original design was crafted by Sumner Hunt but was replaced by George H. Wyman. According to Wyman’s daughters, Bradbury felt that Wyman could realize his vision for the building better than Hunt.

As you walk through the archway entrance on Broadway, you’re immediately greeted by a magical light-filled Victorian court, with marble stairs, ornate iron railings, and open cage elevators. The building is still being used as a working retail/commercial space so expect limited access. Here’s a look inside and you might even recognize its unique design from Hollywood films Blade Runner and 500 Days of Summer.

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