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Los Angeles

Bradbury Building

This architectural landmark remains a popular tourist attraction. Built in 1893 it is located in downtown and features an Italian Renaissance Revival-style exterior facade of brown brick, sandstone and panels of terra cotta details in the "Romanesque Revival" theme popular at the time. The magnificence is carried on to the interiors, accessed through the low ceiling, dim entrance opening into the bright naturally-lit great center court.

The five-story central court features glazed brick, ornamental cast iron, tiling, marble and polished wood, capped by a skylight flooding the area with natural light. The entire main building features geometric patterned staircases at all ends. Ornately designed wrought-iron railings used abundantly throughout the building create an illusion of hanging vegetation. The building has operated as an office building for most of its history. Today it serves as headquarters for the Los Angeles Police Department`s Internal Affairs division and other government agencies.