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This post is the final in the Los Angeles/Long Beach series.  The above photo is the famous Bradbury Building.  It was built in 1893, and has been the focal point of many movies and fictional stories.  But wait, let’s take a look inside.  You won’t believe your eyes!

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Have you ever seen anything like it?  The Bradbury Building was used in the movie, “Blade Runner”.

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The building houses office of Internal Affairs of the Los Angeles Police Department.  Here’s another photo showing the other end of the building:

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Perhaps you are thinking this building couldn’t possibly get any more unique! Ah, look at this:

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This is the elevator! To use it, there is a ‘call button’ to press.  A on-duty guard literally has to crank a wheel-type device and up you go! How’s that for ‘old time travel’!

This building was one of the most unusual I have ever seen.  I kept thinking to myself, I love it, but I don’t get it.  I would then think, I think I like it, but I’m not sure.  Strange, really.

And finally in our LA/Long Beach Memoirs, here is the famous Roosevelt Hotel:

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This hotel was built in 1927, and hosted the 1st Academy Awards in 1929.

Here is a photo of a fountain in the main lobby:

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I do apologize for the darkness of these photos, but the hotel’s lighting is extremely dim.

Here is another picture of the main lobby, a bar, and if you note the wrought iron at the top, there is a walkway (which yes, we explored despite the fact we weren’t guests at the hotel):

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When we went to explore the upper areas of the lobby, lo and behold, a picture of Marilyn Monroe adorned the wall (sorry about the flash):

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Legend has it that the Roosevelt Hotel is haunted by Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, and Montgomery Clift.

And there you have it folks.  A little snapshot of our wonderful week in Long Beach/LA.

Next post we are back to the regular Chicago Files and here’s a tidbit:  Wrigley Field is 100 years young!  Please stop by again soon!

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20 thoughts on “Bradbury, Roosevelt, my what tales you must tell!!!

  1. If I remember correctly, the elevators at the Bradbury are powered by water pressure. There have been a number of movies and TV shows filmed there: the “Outer Limits” episode “Demon With a Glass Hand” was filmed entirely inside the building at night; some scenes in “Chinatown” were filmed there, as well as part of an episode of “Quantum Leap”. Even DC and Marvel Comics have used the building in their fictional universes.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you for that information, Cassidy! I was wondering how the elevators worked with simply a hand crank. We were with an architectural guide and our group waited and waited until someone pushed the elevator button in order to see it in action! I guess the water pressure is what allows it to easily move up and down. I can see why so many movies are filmed at the Bradbury.

      Thank you again for this wonderful information! Hugs, Cher xo

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  2. Bonnie says:

    Beautiful buidling, the Bradbury, inside and out! I like it, somehow the interior feels both new and old all at once and I like how that plays with me! Fun to learn more about my own state from you! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi Bonnie! Strange you would say that, because I thought the exact same thing! Perhaps that is why I didn’t know whether I like it or I don’t like it! Maybe it is my confusion over old and new! Awh, thank you, Bonnie!! Cher xo

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  3. Too darn cool! I would’ve gone all Sci-fi nerdy there 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hehehehe, oh yes, this is THE building to do that in, that’s for sure!! Cher xo

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  4. seeker says:

    This is just going back in time. Glad that they kept the antiquity intact. Hello, Cher.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hello there, dear seeker! Yes, it really is, isn’t it? I think the reason I felt in a sort of “dream-land” in some of these buildings was the energy of days gone by is still there! Oh yes, the antiquity is most definitely intact which as we know does not always happen with this precious pieces of history! Thank you, seeker! Big hugs stretching way up to you! Cher xo

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  5. Wow – incredible buildings with so much history and atmosphere. And what a very beautiful photograph of Marilyn, looking serene and pensive! How lovely to have had such a wonderful trip!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, Veronica! And thank you as well for reblogging this post! I really appreciate it and am so grateful! It was such an incredible trip, steeped in history, mystery, and intrigue! Ah yes, what a fantastic picture of Marilyn! To think she walked the halls of the Roosevelt Hotel was thrilling!!

      Big hugs, Cher xo

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  6. Reblogged this on Veronica Haidar and commented:
    See this from Cher for a little slice of Hollywood history!

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  7. Here’s hoping the ghosts get together for regular parties – what a great venue for them!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Awh, bless! *LOL* Well, I certainly would hope they do. Oh yes, it is a magnificent place for a ghost party (or any other party as a matter of fact). I seem to have caught some special areas of interest in my photos. Do you see what I mean when you look at the Roosevelt photos? Big hugs from your cheerleader across the pond, Cher xo

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  8. Never heard of the Bradbury Building, Cher. Thank you so much. I love it. I’m an architectural buff, among other things, and I just go ga-ga about old, and/or unusual buildings. One of the buildings that did that to me was in Barcelona. We did a tour of the old Gaudi home – it’s a museum now, but that is extremely unusual. Antoni Gaudi was an inventive, artistic architect, and there are other examples of his building designs in Barcelona (I don’t know of any elsewhere in the world). Here is the link to view 10 of his architectural works of art: http://www.globotreks.com/destinations/10-gaudi-buildings-barcelona/ La Pedreda is the building that was originally his home. It doesn’t really show the military figures on the roof. They are unbelievable.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thanks so much, Carol! I hadn’t heard of it either. And I’ve never seen the Bladerunner movie. Oh yes, we are architectural buffs, too! Oh that sounds so amazing. Thank you for the link, Carol!! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  9. Spelled the name of the building incorrectly – sorry. It’s La Pedrera.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you!! 🙂

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  10. beautiful architecture, look at those stairs and railings.. 🙂 you do not find that in todays builds.. Many thanks and yes I wonder too on what tales it could tell 🙂
    many thanks for sharing
    Sue

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Sue, isn’t is amazing? I was like being in a movie! *LOL* Thank you, Sue! Hugs and blessings, Cher xo

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