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Bradbury Building, Los Angeles

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
Head downtown to see Bradbury Building and star in your own film noir. Originally designed by Sumner Hunt, Bradbury Building has been standing tall since 1893 when a millionaire businessman Lewis L. Bradbury commissioned it from George Wyman. Added to the list of the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, the building played a starring role in many music videos of artists like Janet Jackson and Genesis, as well as various films. Take a stroll through the structure to admire the Romanesque style that rules the decor--including an interior central court--or ride the open-cage elevators for a unique experience. Our Los Angeles travel itinerary maker makes visiting Bradbury Building and other Los Angeles attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • If you're in downtown LA, definitely make a stop to see this unique building. It's free to walk in and take pictures. You really only need to plan to spend about 10 minutes here, but you'll be glad yo...  read more »
  • The Bradbury was part of my self-designed architecture tour of LA. It was worth the trip downtown. The interior is beautiful as expected. Access is limited to the main floor and a couple of landings. ...  read more »
  • Anyone can go inside and snap photos of the interior which is so beautiful. And if you're a Blade Runner fan, it's a must see! 
  • Another one of Los Angeles' gems. The architecture of this place is what has made it iconic. If you've an interest in that then this is a must see. If you want to see the actual building that so many great films were filmed in then this is a must see. At least so as to be able to say you've seen it. The place is actually quite small and only the ground floor is open to the public. But, it's still worthwhile and you can't beat the price of admission - i.e. it's free. So, if you're in downtown Los Angeles - or DTLA as the "in" crowd calls it - then it's well worth the stopping by. Once there you can definitely feel the vibe left by Robert Culp, Harrison Ford and Jack Nicholson.
  • This building features truely awe inspiring architecture. The high walls of the interior give a feeling of being decompressed. The skylight giving a warm glow freshness. One of my favorite places in LA
  • One of the great interior architectural experiences in the world. The light, the ironwork, the elevators, the cathedral-like sanctity of the place are incredibly special. A true downtown LA highlight. If you visit DTLA and don't visit, you've really missed out.
  • it's an amazing building. the exterior looks like much of downtown Los Angeles, drab, forgotten and a hair from being gobbled up by eminent domain and demolished for the greater good of some developers pocket book. okay, admittedly that's a bit dramatic, but i think you get my drift... it looks like crap. however, as you enter through its main entrance, your mind turns quiet. as if you suddenly realize that you're dreaming and try to soak in every detail so that upon waking you will remember such a wonder. its more than a building, it's a work of art. i felt calm and at peace with the ease and fluidity the space allowed me to feel. and whilst tacky hand written signs stating no photography are scattered about, in my book, they are but mere suggestions and take as many pictures as you can. you shouldn't forget this place. i now understand why you would want to capture it on film, for instance, blade runner along with many others. there is an eerie futurism. not that it allows for the utilitarian approach of maximizing the available space, no not all. this was made to be admired. to be the center piece of the conversation. rue the day it has fallen wayside. we will have lost a treasure indeed.
  • Completed in 1893, this is most definitely a historical building. However it is also an active commercial building with ornate railings, cage elevators, and marble staircases. It has also been featured in movies such as Blade Runner, (500) Days of Summer, and Lethal Weapon 4. With 5-10 minutes of time you can get some good IG photos in even though you are only limited to the 1st landing of stairs and stubborn lighting. The California Grand Market is also conveniently located across the street.
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