Bradbury Building, Los Angeles

Bradbury Building

Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building, in Los Angeles California, “was commissioned by Lewis Bradbury (after whom it is named), a mining millionaire who had become a real estate developer in the later part of his life. His plan (in 1892) was to have a five story building constructed at Third Street and Broadway in Los Angeles, close to the Bunker Hill neighborhood.

A local architect, Sumner Hunt, was first hired to complete a design for the building but Bradbury ruled against constructing his plans which he did not view as adequately matching the grandeur of his
vision.

Bradbury then hired George Wyman, one of Hunt’s draftsmen, to design the building.

Wyman at first refused the offer to design the building. However Wyman supposedly had a ghostly talk with his dead brother Mark Wyman (who had been dead for six years) while using a planchette board with his wife.  The ghostly message that came through supposedly said ‘Mark Wyman / take the / Bradbury building / and you will be / successful’; with the word “successful” written upside down. After the episode, Wyman took the job and is now regarded as the architect of the Bradbury Building. Wyman’s grandson, the science fiction publisher Forrest J. Ackerman, owns the original of this document. Coincidentally, Ackerman is a close friend of science fiction author Ray Bradbury.” – Wikipedia

The building opened in 1893 and is most famous for being featured in “Blade Runner”, with Harrison Ford.

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