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Bradbury Building

304 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Staircases and atrium interior of the Bradbury Building

Staircases and atrium interior of the Bradbury Building, Downtown Los Angeles.

Photo credit: By Luke Jones (originally posted to Flickr as Bradbury Hotel) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Bradbury Building is an architectural landmark in downtown Los Angeles, California. Built in 1893, the five-story office building is best known for its extraordinary skylit atrium of access walkways, stairs and elevators, and their ornate ironwork.

At the time the building was completed, it featured the largest plate-glass windows in Los Angeles. "Bird-cage" elevators surrounded by wrought-iron grillwork go up to the fifth floor.

The building appears in many works of fiction and has been the site of many movie and television shoots and music videos, particularly in the science fiction genre.

It was a prominent setting in Blade Runner. Other films shot there include Shockproof (1949), D.O.A. (1950), I, The Jury (1953), Chinatown (1974), The Dreamer of Oz (1990), and The Artist (2011). It also appears in the 1964 Outer Limits episode "Demon with a Glass Hand" and many other TV series.

Visitors are welcome daily and greeted by a government worker who provides historical facts and information about the building. Visitors are allowed up to the first landing but not past it.

The Bradbury Building is close to three other downtown Los Angeles Landmarks: the Grand Central Market and the Million Dollar Theater (across the street) and Angels Flight (two blocks away).

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