The Bradbury Building is one of Los Angeles’ unique architectural treasures.
Commissioned by gold-mining millionaire-turned-real estate developer Lewis L. Bradbury, The Bradbury was completed in 1893. Mr. Bradbury first approached local architect Sumner Hunt to complete the architectural schema, but felt that Hunt’s designs were neither grandiose nor opulent enough for his taste. He then appointed Hunt’s draftsman, George Wyman, to complete the design. The five-story building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and later designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. It is one of only four office buildings in LA to receive the aforementioned honor.
Long hailed as one of Los Angeles’ most astonishing landmarks, the building was designed in the Italian Renaissance Revival style. The light-filled Victorian court features birdcage elevators, marble stairs and ornamental cast-iron details.
The Bradbury continues to serve as an office building and visitors are welcome to tour the lobby during regular office hours.