On February 8th, my friend and I had a chance to visit the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles, California. Some background about this building is the oldest commercial building in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Conservancy, 2020). It was built in 1893 by Lewis Bradbury, who was a mining and real estate millionaire during that time (Los Angeles Conservancy, 2020). According to the Los Angeles Conservancy (2020), Mr. Bradbury commissioned Sumner Hunt and later on George H. Wyman to be his architect. The style of architecture is a romanesque revival exterior and Victorian-style for interior (Los Angeles Conservancy, 2020). Bradbury building is designed to be more of an office building (Los Angeles Conservancy, 2020).
My experience visiting this place was interesting. My friend and I were a little confused about where the building was at first. We did not know if we came to the right place, because of all the restaurants (like Subway, Blue Bottle Coffee) next to the building. As we walked into the building, it was like we entered another era. We feel a bit dislocated because outside is a more noisy, busy intersection, filled with crowds of people every corner, and more of a city vibe. As soon as we entered the building, it was quiet and calm. Everyone admires the woodwork on the wall, floor tires, staircases, old elevator, mailboxes, vintage lights, and rooftop. Although the building is beautiful and stunning, I have to admit that there is not much to explore. Most of the places (all upstairs) were restricted areas. All of the things that I mentioned early are the things that we were able to explore.
Los Angeles Conservancy. (2020). Bradbury Building. https://www.laconservancy.org/locations/bradbury-building
-By Sirey T.