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Bradbury Building

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Bradbury Building.
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The Bradbury Building's nondescript, brick exterior belies any sense of significance—a Sprint store and the lingering smell of Subway don't exactly scream "architectural gem." Walk through the archway entrance on Broadway, though, and you're greeted with a stunning, light-flooded alley of wood, iron and brick. You'll have to do all of your gawking from the ground floor (and half a flight of stairs) as the rest of the building is private office space. History buffs will appreciate its place as Downtown's oldest commercial building (1893); movie buffs will recognize the zigzagging staircases from climax of Blade Runner. But for everyone else, that awe-inspiring first glimpse alone makes the visit worthwhile.


Venue name: Bradbury Building
Address: 304 S Broadway
Los Angeles

Opening hours: 9am-5pm
Price: Free
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Free and beautiful. The interior of this building is breathtaking. For best photo op angle and lighting- climb halfway up the stairs to overlook the center and entrance.


Even if you haven't seen Blade Runner, a visit to this building is a must. It's so unique and lovely! You can wander through and take pictures, and check out some of the offices still in use there. Can you imagine working in such an architectural marvel?


To this day, I still recommend the Bradbury Building to LA residents and visitors all of the time. Before I get to the building itself, one of the best parts of the location is its proximity to the Grand Central Market (directly across the street)! Anyone who knows food in Los Angeles knows that the Grand Central Market is literally THE place to open your restaurant and get hungry, filter-happy hipsters tasting your food. Some of the best joints have recently opened in the market, including Ramen Hood, Belcampo, Horse Thief, and Eggslut.

On to Bradbury: from the exterior, one may not exactly realize the iconic history behind this plain-looking, brown building. To be honest, I couldn't recite its precise place in the history of the city, but from what I recall, the building was constructed in the late 19th century. The interior architecture is stunning, complete with terra cotta detail and polished wood. Blade Runner, 500 Days of Summer, Lethal Weapon 4, The Artist and Chinatown were all filmed inside. Film buffs rejoice! Be sure to bang out some iPhone photos and hashtag your newfound knowledge within those captions. You're welcome.

As an added bonus, there is a new, mobile opera called "Hopscotch" taking place across the city in cars, various outdoor sites, LA buildings, and city streets that makes frequent pit stops inside the Bradbury Building. If you're lucky, you'll catch a piece of the musical action atop the higher staircases!


So, this is exciting: Bradbury building is iconic, plus a historic mark and now I understand why! It’s incredible, really! 

When you get inside it seems as if you entered a parallel universe. And, you can’t even go upstairs, yet that’s ok, just looking up and around is quite enough. This is a must see in LA, without even talking about the movies and commercials that were filmed here, like Blade Runner. When going, take your time and contemplate all the details in between elevators, staircases, ceiling lights and let your imagination do the rest. 


This may be the single most beautiful interior in all of Los Angeles. You can't really do much inside of the Bradbury Building, and you can't get any higher than the ground floor (unless you're there on business). But the brick and cast iron work here simply sublime, as is the skylight that lets light filter into the amber interior.