The Breathtaking, “Bladerunner” Bradbury Elevator and More from Los Angeles

A friend of ELEVATOR WORLD recently spent the holidays in L.A., and, while there, captured a few pretty neat vertical-transportation installations she shared with us. Below are the breathtaking elevator in the five-story central court of the historic Bradbury Building, featured prominently in the 1980s classic sci-fi movie Bladerunner, the panoramic, round Mitsubishi Electric elevator in The Broad modern art museum, a sturdy-yet-stylish accessibility elevator in the Metro and Angel’s Flight, a landmark 2 ft., 6 in. narrow gauge funicular railway in the Bunker Hill district of downtown.

Test Your Knowledge of NYC Elevators

OK – you’ve been to New York City (NYC). You’ve felt the energy of Times Square, tasted the best pizza in the world and stood awestruck at the endless landscape of towering buildings. You’ve seen the sights – seen them all, in fact. But, are you ready to test your knowledge? That’s what the editors of The New Yorker wanted to know in a recent issue of the popular magazine. NYC has so many iconic buildings, from the Chrysler to the Empire State; it only stands to reason that these landmarks would have iconic elevators. So, in a feature called “Sketchbook,” the magazine presented drawings of the elevator doors at nine of the city’s best-loved buildings, with a challenge for readers to match the doors with the building. If you think you know The Big Apple, try your hand at the online version of the quiz.

Sharing a Little Elevator Love from Around the U.S.

Ever since I became an “elevator person,” friends and family have taken the time to capture pictures of the interesting elevators and escalators they encounter during their everyday travels. This holiday season, I received a couple of neat photos from friends who were spending time in L.A. and New Orleans. Check them out!

Six-year-old Olive poses in front of the elevators at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, which she visited with her mom and grandma to see the always amazing holiday decorations.

 

1920s-era cage style elevator in a friend’s L.A. Koreatown apartment building

Escalator in the Redline Metro Station at Wilshire and Vermont in L.A.

The staircase in the same Koreatown apartment building is pretty amazing, too.