The Bradbury Building is an architectural landmark in downtown Los Angeles. Built in 1893, this five-story office building is known for it’s skylight atrium, original (previously steam powered) elevators and ornate ironwork.
The building was commissioned by gold mining millionaire, Lewis L. Bradbury. It appears in several several movies, television shoots, commercials and music videos. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, one of only four office buildings in L.A. to have this honor.
It is open daily and staffed by government workers who provide historical background. Visitors are only permitted up to the first landing.
**FUN FACT** my husband’s office used to be inside the Bradbury. We received a private underground tour of the basement, looked straight down inside one of the old natural springs that runs underneath (hence the name Spring Street), and even took our family Christmas picture there!
Distance from La Verne: 45 minutes
Recommendation: Eat at Grand Central Market while you’re there! Any Egg Slut lovers out there?