Downtown Los Angeles Public Art Walking Tour

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The Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angele

From its exterior, the Bradbury is just another rosy red brick building in the downtown Los Angeles Old Bank District on Broadway at Third Street.  The interior, made famous in movies such as "Blade Runner" and "(500) Days of Summer", however, will take your breathe away. 

Bradbury Building interior Commissioned by mining mogul and real estate developer Lewis Bradbury, this architectural wonder was designed by architectural draftsman George Wyman.  Wyman was not a trained architect, but Bradbury apparently saw some of his sketches for a fantastical building and asked him to take over the design from Sumner Hunt, the original architect.

Bradbury Building ironwork detail Warm, mellow colors on the walls and floors contrast with ornate black wrought iron beneath a wide, roof-spanning skylight in the central atrium of the building.  These curious faces are on the gate at the cage elevator. 

Bradbury stairs
Marble stairs lead to the upper floors. Now used as an office building, tourists and visitors are welcome on the first floor only. To this day a cage elevator still operates, carrying employees up to their offices.

Charlie Chaplin statue at Bradbury Building

One of the oddities of the building is this bronze statue of Charlie Chaplin seated on a bench in the back hallway of the building. 

Anthony Quinn mural as Zorba Another curiosity that has an only-in-L.A. quality--the towering mural for Victor Clothing of Anthony Quinn in his role of Zorba the Greek--fading away in the bright Los Angeles sun. It's across from the side entrance to the Bradbury Building.

Poodle Springs signed by Parker

Other sights to see on this website:
La Placita church Olvera Street chinatown los angeles california Alexander Calder red sculpture Los Angeles
Visit Olvera Street and La Placita where Los Angeles began. Visit Chinatown from the Gold Line station and see this colorful neighborhood. See this Alexander Calder sculpture on the L.A. public art walking tour.

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