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Bradbury Building
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Owner description: Famous 19th-century Italian Renaissance building in downtown Los Angeles.
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Los Angeles does not have a lot of historic buildings so if you are anywhere near downtown LA, do not miss this building--its totally unique like no other building. Built in 1893, it has been restored and maintained in perfect condition. It's interior is very 'film noir" and has been used in countless movies and TV shows. In one of my favorite movies BLADE RUNNER, the final scene was shot in this building. Also the movie CHINATOWN had many scenes filmed here. Be sure to check out the elevators and stair cases-they are classic.
After seeing building go across street to Grand Central Market for a very different experience.
It is totally LA and reflects the large Hispanic population and their food preferences.

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

I personally love both history and architecture, so I gave the Bradbury Building a 5 star rating. But most people, especially Millennials, would probably rate it a 3 or 4 instead. The attraction is the architecture and metal work in a "cutting edge" building for its time. Most tourists walk right past it without even knowing its significance. Like many of the old movie palaces on Broadway, the Bradbury is an LA landmark. Beware of the pick pockets on the street and in the area of old downtown Los Angeles. LA's Broadway is not nearly as safe as Manhattan's Broadway!

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

It is a beautiful bldg. I try and make this a part of any Downtown trip. I like to hit the Grand Central Market and the Angels Flight. I hit Chinatown and I hit The Bradbury. You can't go upstairs unless with a tour of some sort.

1  Thank deabs8
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

I LOVE this building. I was lucky enough to have an office here in the early 90's right after the building was restored and during the time that Jack Nicholson made the movie "Wolf" or "Wolfman" something like that. I remember them filming there and those of us that worked there were very protective over the way the building was being treated. It has gorgeous marble floors and wood details on the stairs, the elevator is one of the most unique in the world. The bathrooms are gorgeous (yes the bathrooms at least they were back then) and the offices were amazing. I NEVER wanted to leave work. The ceiling of this building makes you feel like you are outside. (The offices are not like that at least my office had a regular ceiling) but from the courtyard and stairs it's definitely something to see in person! They used to give tours and I recently saw a friend of mine post a picture of himself in the building so I'm guessing they still are. If you can get in to see this and you like history and interesting buildings this is a REAL GEM. it's at Broadway and 3rd in Downtown LA. PS- this area is getting better but it's still not super safe. I don't recommend going after dark or alone and if you do go and want to walk around the area - keep it low key. Don't go flashing jewelry, purses, etc..There are parking lots with attendants and i highly recommend paying the money for that. The Central Market is across the street and great for food and an experience! Just keep the above safety advice in mind there as well. Be aware, be safe but have fun!! Bring a camera!

1  Thank JuliK222
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Just to walk into the building is beautiful. If in the area, walk in just to see the majesty of the atrium with amazing ironwork and glass. A must-see when in the area. Also, they usually have very-enthused people working there who can provide a history of the building (employed by the Los Angeles Conservation Agency, I think). Either way, a must-see!

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