CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2009 |
To celebrate his 89th birthday, Ray Bradbury returned Friday to a place where his writing career was nurtured, but it should be no surprise that the science fiction master was more interested in talking about the future than the past. Bradbury belonged to the Science Fiction Society, whose members met in the 1930s at Clifton's Cafeteria on Broadway in downtown LA. But it was the Broadway of tomorrow that was on the mind of the author of "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles," among many books.
February 1, 2009 |
1 My boyfriend Erik and I decided to take a free walking tour of downtown L.A.'s historic architecture, planned and guided by us (although the Los Angeles Conservancy offers a printable tour of the area online). The first stop: the Bradbury Building, the oldest commercial office structure downtown. More than a century old, the landmark's interior is covered with intricate French ornamental cast-iron lacework.
June 24, 2007 |
a National Historic Landmark in downtown L.A., distinguished by a soaring Victorian atrium with open-cage elevators, marble stairs and lacy iron railings -- has always been more than an architectural wonder. Known to film buffs as the setting for "Blade Runner" and "Wolf," it's home to law offices, real estate firms, a cutlery shop, a fast-food outlet and a cellphone vendor. But an upscale art gallery with a pristine 3,000-square-foot exhibition space?
April 30, 2006 |
ONE morning three months ago, Italian architect Renzo Piano met with a handful of LACMA trustees in one of the museum's conference rooms. After a few minutes of small talk, Piano motioned the group over to a large table and picked up a stack of cards about 4 inches wide and 6 inches high. He began tossing them onto the tabletop, as if he were dealing blackjack. As the cards skidded to a stop, each revealed a picture of a building, an architect or a piece of furniture from the 1950s and '60s.
December 21, 2003 |
The A + D Museum, formerly housed in the landmark Bradbury Building, has moved twice in as many months. The A + D relocated to Santa Monica in November, after the historic downtown L.A. building was sold to a Hong Kong company. But a zoning issue overparking forced a second move, and the museum has reopened on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. "It's been very expensive," says Ann Videriksen, a museum spokeswoman. "But this is it."
November 23, 2003 |
The A + D Museum, formerly housed in downtown's landmark Bradbury Building, moved to the Westside this month. When the historic building was sold to a Hong Kong company after the death of owner Ira Yellin, the A + D had to find a new space, said Ann Videriksen, a spokeswoman for the museum.