Given that I am staying in a hotel downtown, I thought I should explore the ostensibly revived downtown and had been encouraged to check out The Bradbury Building, which is indeed an astonishing survival of late Victorian, goldrush LA. It was conceived by Lewis Bradbury, a goldmining millionaire, who commissioned a local architect, Sumner Hunt. But the detailed design is said to be the work of George Wyman, a draughtsman in Hunt’s office. Whoever did it, it’s impressive:-
Down Broadway, there are the grand remnants of civic ambition – highly ornate and opulent buildings, now decayed. The downtown revival looks as if it has a way to go.
The Churrigueresque exterior of the Million Dollar Theatre:-
The Pantages Theatre by Morgan and Wells:-
The Roxie Theater, a bit of deco, opened in 1931:-
The Broadway Arcade Building:-
And I can’t identify this:-