It Happened This Week in L.A. History: The City Mourns Lewis L. Bradbury


July 15, 1892

Mining millionaire and real estate developer Lewis L. Bradbury dies. Bradbury is best known for planning the construction of the eponymous Bradbury building on Broadway and Third, a Los Angeles architectural marvel and a National Historic Landmark. 

The structure, which currently operates as an office building and houses the A+D Museum: Los Angeles, opened its doors in 1893 mere months after Bradbury’s death. Gorgeous iron filigree dominates its interior, making it a prime site for set locations—you may have seen it in Blade Runner, 500 Days of Summer, Chinatown, and The Artist as well as various TV shows and music videos.