Los Angeles County Coroner Building

Anyone who dies in L.A. County of trauma or what may be unnatural causes end’s up here, at the Coroner. For natural deaths, accidents and suicides, a full-body photo is taken on arrival. Remains are weighed, measured and undressed. Fingerprints are taken. Clothing is wrapped in brown paper and tied. Remains are placed in refrigerated storage pending exams and release to a mortuary. Identity and cause of death are confirmed. (info taken from LA Times: articles.latimes.com/2006/aug/17/local/me-b2coroner17)

Think of all the famous stiffs that have rolled through the halls of this joint… (The Black Dahlia, Bugsy Siegel, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Kennedy, Janis Joplin, Nicole Brown Simpson, Michael Jackson, to name a few) The building currently registers about 200 bodies a day – and 20 autopsies per day.

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

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.