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A century of light in downtown Los Angeles.

At first glance, the hundred-year-old Bradbury Building, commissioned by mining investor Louis Bradbury, seems to have anticipated any number of atrium-filled urban structures built during the last 25 years. But the visions of the building's designer, George Herbert Wyman, were more utopian than architectural. According to historian Kevin Starr, the then-untrained architect based his art nouveau-detailed courtyard, with its open-cage wrought-iron elevators, in part on a description of a futuristic office building he had read in a popular 1888 novel. Ironically, after the Bradbury was completed and Wyman's reputation as an architect assured, he decided to--of all things--take a correspondence course in architecture. Wyman never designed another building as inspired again.
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Title Annotation:Window on the West; California
Article Type:Illustration
Date:Apr 1, 1993
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