Esotouric Takes You “Inside the Bradbury Building” On-demand Webinar
When Angelenos are asked to name their favorite landmarks, The Bradbury Building frequently tops the list. There’s nothing else in the city that’s remotely comparable to George Wyman’s 1893 office building at Third and Broadway. With its soaring atrium and mellow brick walls, wrought iron open cage elevators and elegant mezzanines, film noir and “Blade Runner” cameos, it draws visitors from all over the world. But the Bradbury’s stories are almost as beguiling as its good looks.
Join Esotouric, L.A.’s most eclectic sightseeing tour company, for a virtual exploration “Inside the Bradbury Building,” featuring rare photographs and video, original research and offbeat anecdotes that bring the city’s most fascinating office tower to life.
Your hosts Kim Cooper and Richard Schave have been obsessed with the Bradbury Building for years, and their researches recently led to them playing a central role in delivering a scarce original blueprint of the building to the Huntington Library’s collection of architectural plans.
The webinar will reveal:
- How the Bradbury family made their fortune, and made their mark in growing Los Angeles.
- The science fiction inspiration and ghostly message that brought architect George Wyman his greatest commission.
- The Bradbury’s “angels,” the very special people who either owned the building, or felt a profound sense of ownership, and ensured it would survive to the present day.
- Peculiar things about the Bradbury’s history and design that only its biggest fans might know or notice.
This webinar is an illustrated lecture packed with rare photos and video that will bring the Bradbury Building to life on your digital device. And you’ll find the look of an Esotouric webinar is a little different than your standard dry Zoom session, with lively interactive graphics courtesy of the mmhmm app.
About Esotouric: As undergraduates at UC Santa Cruz, Kim Cooper and Richard Schave inexplicably hated one other on sight. (Perhaps less inexplicably, their academic advisor believed they were soul mates). A chance meeting 18 years later proved much more agreeable. Richard wooed Kim with high level library database access, with which she launched the 1947project true crime blog, highlighting a crime a day from the year of The Black Dahlia and Bugsy Siegel slayings. The popular blog’s readers demanded a tour, and then another. The tour was magical, a hothouse inspiring new ways for the by-then-newlyweds to tell the story of Los Angeles. Esotouric was born in 2007 with a calendar packed with true crime, literary, architecture and rock and roll tours. Ever since, it has provided a platform for promoting historic preservation issues (like the Save the 76 Ball campaign and the landmarking of Charles Bukowski’s bungalow), building a community of urban explorers (including dozens of free talks and tours under the umbrella of LAVA) and digging ever deeper into the secret heart of the city they love.
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