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Bradbury Mansion

A Queen Anne mansion built for Lewis L. Bradbury by architects Samuel and Joseph Cather Newsom in 1887 for $80,000. It stood at the southwest corner of Court House and North Hill Streets. From a 1981 reprint of J.C. Newsom's Artistic Buildings and Homes of Los Angeles:

 

"... Lewis Leonard Bradbury, mining enterprises. 1887, cost $8000... In Picturesque and Artistic Homes and Buildings (1890), Newsom describes The Bradbury: "This dwelling was erected in Los Angeles and is the finest Residence there. The Saloon Parlors are very large and have their respective features, The Bays, Spindle arch, Mantels, Decorated Ceiling, etc. Hardwood Floors to entire house, The Library is to the right as you enter, The Bookcases are built around this room to a height of 8 ft. This room is finished in wood, 'no plaster.' The Dining room is finished in Oak 'Quartered antique' and has paneled Ceilings and Side-walls, no plaster being used... A fine large domed Ceiling to Billiard room with Card-room attached. The plumbing work was very fine, probably the best outside of San Francisco, being all open work. The Interior is polished handsomely. The Exterior is of Granite, Marble, Wood and Shingles."

 

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Uploaded on October 23, 2008