"We had been searching for locations for a building. We wanted to go on
location to an old, decrepit building and take a suite of rooms and use that
as Sebastian's apartment. One day we were downtown Los Angeles looking at a
possible location, and I took a stroll across the street with Ridley and a
few other people and Ridley took a look inside the beautiful Bradbury
building. What we did to that building you wouldn't believe. On a superficial
level we trashed it with high-tech, then filled it with smoke on the inside
and shot at night. We also added a canopy with big columns to make it look
like it was an old apartment building. All of a sudden we had a very gothic,
-Lawrence G. Paull
With blaster ready, Deckard cautiously makes his way up the stairs to
Inset: Police car parked in front of Sebastian's apartment.
Location scouting turned up these photographs of the interior of the Bradbury
building. This structure is architecturally renowned for its masses of
ironwork, open staircases and elevators.
The ironwork staircases identify this Sherman Labby storyboard as the
Syd Mead's early design concept for Deckard's gun.