Bradbury Building
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Architect George H. Wyman
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Location Los Angeles, California   map
Date 1889 to 1893   timeline
Building Type commercial office building
 Construction System cast iron interior, brick masonry and sandstone
Climate mild temperate
Context urban
Style Eclectic Victorian Pre-Modern
Notes Skylit interior atrium or court. Featuured in the science fiction movie "Blade Runner".


Interior photo of full-height skylit atrium




Axonometric Drawing

Elevation Drawing

Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion Bradbury Building Commentary

"The unique work of an otherwise conservative career, this daring and unusual office building owes as much to the remarkable vision of Wyman's patron Louis Bradbury, a self-made mining tycoon, as it does to an autodidact architect's exceptional talent."

"...the Bradbury Building is unique not only for its dramatically projecting stair and lift towers, but also for its glazed hydraulic elevators giving access to the various office floors. These constructions serve to animate the volume of the court movement; a lively effect compounded of light filtering through the stair landings and of the oscillation of the elevator cabins. By way of contrast, the exterior of the building is traditional, being built of a mixture of sandstone and dressed brickwork."

— Kenneth Frampton and Yukio Futagawa. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. p60.

Sources on Bradbury Building

Donald Corner and Jenny Young, University of Oregon. Slide from photographers' collection. PCD.2350.1012.1143.07. interior photo of full-height skylit atrium.

Kenneth Frampton. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. ISBN 0-8478-0506-9. LC 83-61363. NA642.F7 1983. first floor plan, p60. photo of atrium interior, p61. section drawing, northwest elevation drawing, axonometric drawing of central courtyard, p61. — Available at

Leland M. Roth. A Concise History of American Architecture. New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1979. ISBN 0-06-430086-2. NA705.R67 1979. interior photo, p186. — Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Bradbury Building


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