Bradbury Building—For Science Fiction and Architecture Lovers
Deckard: [narrating] ” They don’t advertise for killers in the newspaper. That was my profession. Ex-cop. Ex-blade runner. Ex-killer.”
Architect George Wyman built the Bradbury Building in 1893. His inspiration for the design was an excerpt from a futuristic fantasy novel by Edward Bellany (Looking Backward: 2000 to 1887). Coincidentally, it’s most famous for the rooftop scene in the 1982 science fiction movie Blade Runner.
You wouldn’t know this building was a tourist attraction from its humble exterior facing the street. When you walk in the doors, it is worth taking a moment for a few deep breaths to embrace the beauty. As you can see in the photos, the architecture & design are what make this building an historical landmark in Los Angeles.
During normal hours, the first floor and steps area are open to the public. And luckily, because of its captivating style, you can see a beautiful view up to the ceiling from these points of interest.
The parking lot across the street is $3-5 on a Saturday and usually has open spaces.
Downtown on a Saturday is a festival of fun. So I suggest you plan additional events around this outing, as you only need about fifteen minutes to take in this buildings’ magic.
For More Information
The Bradbury Building
304 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Telephone: (213) 626-1893