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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Staples Center architect seeks a buyer for leafy post-and-beam in Calabasas

By Neal J. Leitereg

Architect Dan Meis, known for designing modern stadiums and sports arenas around the world, has put his own home court in unincorporated Calabasas up for sale at $2.25 million.

Sitting among oaks and mature trees in Monte Nido, the post-and-beam was renovated by Meis, who incorporated a mix of new materials while preserving the home’s original vibe. The 1970s house was originally designed by Malibu-based architect Douglas Rucker.

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In Silver Lake, rent a landmark guesthouse designed by Schindler for $3,450/month

By Bianca Barragan

On a sloping lot off Glendale Boulevard, this 1935 guest house designed by noted Modernist Rudolph Schindler is a compact example of early modern architecture in Silver Lake. That’s according to an application filed for the property’s Historic-Cultural Landmark status, which it won in 2012.

With one bedroom and one bathroom spread out across 700 square feet, the compact dwelling, called the McAlmon guesthouse, has large, well-placed windows, a full kitchen, and a small, original brick fireplace. It has undergone “a respectful renovation by the current owner includes a complete historic recreation of its bathroom,” the listing copy says.

It has its own terrace and outdoor space, as well as a one-car garage and a driveway.

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Here’s a Look at Sierra Madre’s 120-Year-Old Wisteria Vine

The world’s largest blossoming plant was on display for nearly 10,000 visitors at yesterday’s annual Wistaria Festival in Sierra Madre. Nicknamed “Lavender Lady,” the wistaria vine weighed around 250 tons when it entered the Guinness World Records in 1990. The vine started in 1894 and sits in the backyard of homeowner Nell Solt. Every year, the Solt’s open up their backyard to the public for the downtown arts and crafts festival.

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March 2017 Newsletter

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