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Bradbury Building, downtown LA | by Martine Pagé
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Bradbury Building, downtown LA


"The Bradbury Building is featured prominently as the setting in films, television, and literature – particularly in the science fiction genre.[8] Most notably, the building is the setting for both the climactic rooftop scene of Blade Runner (1982), as well as the set of the character J. F. Sebastian's apartment[9] in which much of the film's story unfolds.


Wyman (the architect) was especially influenced in constructing the building by the 1887 science fiction book Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy, which described a utopian society in 2000.

In Bellamy's book, the average commercial building was described as a "vast hall full of light, received not alone from the windows on all sides, but from the dome, the point of which was a hundred feet above ... The walls and ceiling were frescoed in mellow tints, calculated to soften without absorbing the light which flooded the interior." This description greatly influenced the Bradbury Building."

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Taken on March 14, 2013