Named after its commissioner – Lewis L. Bradbury – a mining millionaire turned developer, this now National Historic Landmark has been the muse for many a science fiction production.
From Marvel comics to alluded asides in literature as well as blockbuster films such as Blade Runner, Lethal Weapon 4 and, more recently, The Artist (as the site for Kinograph Studios) this architectural beauty inspires in en masse. And will continue to do so.
The five-story building is a wonderful maze of ornamental cast iron that weaves in and out as it circles its way up around the polished wood. Geometric staircases, wrought-iron cage lifts and elaborate railings surround. All flooded by the natural light which streams in from a skylight above. There’s also the Italian Renaissance Revival-style exterior of brown brick, sandstone and terra cotta adorn the exterior.
Today it serves as the Los Angeles Police Department’s Internal Affairs division and other government agencies as well as a few private ventures and shops. But tours are available.