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14 The Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building
The Bradbury Building was commissioned by Louis Bradbury. He was a goldmining millionaire in California. He didn't like the original design very much and fired the architect, and hired one of the architect's draftsmen instead George Wyman. But poor old George. He didn't have hardly any architectural experience. He was very worried about creating this building, so much so that he tried to contact his dead brother through a kind of Ouija Board. Well the brother must have approved because here's the building. But it was a bit of a one hit wonder for Wyman. Never made any other significant building. But when he done this one-- well it's good enough isn't it? The Bradbury Building doesn't look that much from the outside. But on the inside, it's a real architectural gem. Has this nice open courtyard that's illuminated from above, with natural light coming in from the glass ceiling. It's got these little bird cage elevators going up and down to the five different floors. And it's also decked out with this lovely wood paneling and iron work. The Bradbury Building has been used in many movies. But perhaps the most famously for Blade Runner, the science fiction classic. In that film the interior of the building was transformed into this dark and moody ruin by dirting it down, throwing in a lot of garbage and dripping water. Adding a bit of fog and spotlights for dramatic effect too. This was a daily ritual because there were tenants there at the time. And part of the filming deal was that each morning they had to clean it up and make it look as good as new. And of course, the next evening, dirty it all down again.
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