It is easy to walk down Broadway in downtown Los Angeles (L.A.) and walk right past 304 Broadway as “nothing to see here”. If you are a lover of architecture, you would be wrong. Next to a Subway sandwich shop are two fairly nondescript doors that are the Broadway entrance to the Bradbury Building.
This article can regurgitate (and is) all the facts about the building that are available through many other sources that can be found on the Internet such as:
- being commissioned by mining millionaire Lewis L. Bradbury,
- designed by George Wyman in the Renaissance revival and Romanesque revival architecture styles,
- built in 1893,
- the building has its own IMDb page listing all the titles which include the Bradbury Building as a location (two of which are Blade Runner (1982) and (500) Days of Summer (2009),
- building hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday,
- The Los Angeles Conservancy conducts Saturday morning walking tours of landmarks in the downtown area. Partaking in “the Pershing Square Tour” includes a stop at the Bradbury, and
- visitors are only allowed to look around from the first floor. No riding the elevators. Also, no restroom access in the building for visitors.
Please don’t let the outer exterior and this building’s facts so easily found on the Internet sway you from stepping into this building (if you have the chance). It is this writer’s humble opinion that no photo or movie can do the interior of this building the justice of what it is like to experience the interior live and in person.
The Bradbury Building is truly an architect geeks must see.