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Bradbury Building, 304 South Broadway, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA



B&W Photos

HB83574
Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 Northwest Corner Elevation

HB83575
Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 Detail Of Entrance (west Elevation)

HB83576
Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 Central Court (looking East)

HB83577
Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 Elevator Cases

HB83578
Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 Main Stairs At Entrance

HB83579
Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 Detail Of Stair

HB83580
Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 Detail Of Newel Post

HB83581
Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 Detail Of Ironwork

HB83582
Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 Detail Of Metal Railing

HB83583

HB83584

HB83585


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Location
304 South Broadway, Los+Angeles, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-334
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-206).
Building/structure dates: 1893 initial construction
National Register Number: 71000144
Significance: The Bradbury Building, built in 1893, is a fine example of multi-story structure designed around an inner glazed court, with splendid art nouveau iron work in open stairways, open elevator cages and balcony rails. It is a remnant of the Cast Iron Age, which began with the iron bridges in the early half of the 19th century and ended in the last decade of the century when steel framing took over. It is a lineal descendant of Labrouste's 1858 Bibliotheque Nationale and Eiffel's 1876 Bon Marche' department store, with their exposed iron stairways which were a part of the architectural design, and their glazed roofs. (The roots of iron framing and glazed roofs are, of course, much deeper than the middle of the 19th century.) The aesthetic quality of the Bradbury Building is largely derived from the superb environment of an inner court flooded with light. It is an early and excellent example of a break with facade architecture and the acknowledgment of the unpleasantness of a busy city street. By treating the inner court as facades, the architect has supplied an off-street leisurely and enriched space which denies the bustle of Broadway and Third Street. The building is a mecca for architectural students, and because of its dramatic force it is frequently used as a set for motion picture and television films. It is the one pure delight in the old Downtown core.

Related Names
Wyman, George Herbert
Bradbury, Louis


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 NORTHWEST CORNER ELEVATION
Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 DETAIL OF ENTRANCE (WEST ELEVATION)
Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 CENTRAL COURT (LOOKING EAST)
Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 ELEVATOR CASES
Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 MAIN STAIRS AT ENTRANCE
Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 DETAIL OF STAIR
Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 DETAIL OF NEWEL POST
Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 DETAIL OF IRONWORK
Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 2, 1960 DETAIL OF METAL RAILING
ENTRANCE BAYS
CENTRAL COURT, GENERAL VIEW
OBLIQUE VIEW OF CENTRAL COURT FROM BALCONY


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