The interior of the Bradbury Building in downtown L.A. has been in dozens of movies and tv shows including, perhaps most notably, Blade Runner.
The building was commissioned by a wealthy gold mine magnate by the name of Lewis L. Bradbury (no relation to Ray apparently).
Bradbury offered the commission to a draftsman with no architecture training called George Wyman, who refused, presumably because he did not actually know how to do architecture.
However, after he and his wife used a planchette to contact his dead brother Mark during a séance, he received the message:
Mark Wyman / take the / Bradbury building / and you will be / successful
The design for the building was then based on Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward:
Many believe Wyman was inspired by Edward Bellamy, whose 1887 novel “Looking Backward” described a building of some future time. “A vast hall of light,” Bellamy wrote, “received not alone from the windows on all sides but from the dome, the point of which was a hundred feet above…. The walls were frescoed in mellow tints, to soften without absorbing the light which flooded the interior.”