Thursday, November 19, 2009

#72: The Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building is located Downtown right across from Grand Central Market (mmm, pig snout anyone?). It was featured in films such as Blade Runner, Chinatown, Lethal Weapon 4 and 500 Days of Summer (in the last scene... kind of the odd one out of the bunch, I know).

The building is free to the public, but you can only walk up to the first level. What makes this building so intriguing is the fact that it was influenced by a book (Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy) that describes a utopian society in the year 2000. It's fascinating to see what people in the 1890's thought the world would look like a hundred years later. Although they missed the mark a little, the wrought iron railings, brick walls and tiling make this historic landmark a sight to behold.

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