Built by mining magnate Lewis L. Bradbury more than 100 years ago, the Bradbury Building today is one of the oldest standing buildings in Los Angeles. From the light-flooded Victorian atrium to caged elevators and geometric marble, this architectural gem offers a taste of 1900s luxury.
The Bradbury is free to enter. You can learn more about the building by joining one of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s paid tours. The Historic Downtown Walking Tour includes stops at the Bradbury, Central Library, and U.S. Bank Tower. For a fun afternoon, pair a stop at the Bradbury with lunch at the bustling Grand Central Market.
Things to know before you go
- Architecture fans shouldn't miss this landmark building.
- The Bradbury may feel familiar, since the building is featured in Hollywood classics like Blade Runner.
- Don't miss the interior wrought-iron detailing, which was exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair.
- Shutterbugs can book a downtown photo tour; many visit Pershing Square, and pass the Bradbury.
How to get there
Located just two blocks from Pershing Square, the Bradbury Building is easiest to visit on a Downtown Los Angeles walking tour. History tours typically include a stop at the Bradbury, as do arts and culture tours, and movie location tours. You can also hop on the LA Metro. Both the purple and the red lines service the nearby Pershing Square stop.
When to get there
Since the Bradbury Building is a functioning office building, you should plan to visit during the day. The building operates typical business hours, and is free to enter. Stop by when the sun is shining to enjoy natural light flooding the interior, and visit over the holidays to see the seasonal decorations, which are typically up in December.
Where to Experience History in Downtown Los Angeles
For a historical experience in Downtown Los Angeles, don't miss a ride on the Angels Flight funicular. Operational for more than 100 years, this historic train will take you up to Bunker Hill, on what is popularly known as the world's shortest railway. For great value, book a walking tour that includes a stop at the Bradbury Building and a ticket for the Angels Flight funicular.
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