Property of Starsky & Hutch

An inventory of stuff belonging to Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson

Layouts: Ridgeway — October 14, 2018

Layouts: Ridgeway

Things to notice

This is the impossible house! The porch, as seen from the inside, is perfectly recreated to match the exterior, but the rest of the matching is nonexistent. Like in Starsky’s Tree House, the living room/kitchen areas of this house are joined at an angle, but I removed that angle to make it match the rectangular house. And tweaked a few other walls, too.

The bathroom has no sign of a toilet. Then again, I notice I assumed that wall to be there right next to the wash basin. It might be a huge bathroom!

This house has a lot of seating for a single guy’s apartment: two couches and lots of chairs. I notice I put in one chair twice: the lone one under the arch is a double. But then the television (the little rectangle next to the fireplace and the peacock chair) is actually on a chair, too, so there still is a full dozen chairs. ūüėõ

The same set is used at least in Murder at Sea and The Las Vegas Strangler, which both take place before Starsky moves to the Tree House. I have no idea if the set (mostly recognisable for its kitchen) makes an appearance even later in the show (or other shows), or if the set was completely remodeled to serve as the Tree House. The little angle there suggests that it might have been the same set, or then that angle thing was just something they commonly did to get better views of an apartment set.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

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Layouts: Tree House — October 11, 2018

Layouts: Tree House

 

Things to notice: 

This place is a mind twister – it takes a while to notice that the rooms are at a funny angle in relation to each other – probably a technical thing to make the set work, as the same thing happens with the Ridgeway apartment (but there there’s no way of matching the interior to the exterior). Here, I’ve tried to create a compromise between the exterior and the interior views – that leaves some really odd mystery spaces in the house, but they only make the place more interesting!

In Foxy Lady, the bedroom has a door, and the bookshelf is paneled up, purely for plot purposes.  The door and the back panel on the shelf are never seen again.

Everything on the wall opposite the couch is on the move, so don’t wonder if sometimes even the fireplace is seen in slightly different positions compared to the bookshelf. It was the direction from which the scenes were most often filmed, so the entire wall was probably never there (at least it’s never seen), and the elements were moved around to make enough space for the crew.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Renovated) —

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Renovated)

Things to notice:

From 01-08 Kill Huggy Bear onward, the Canal Cottage already resembles Venice Place: to turn it to Venice Place, the set designers only made major changes to the alcove and the bathroom, and moved the fireplace and some of the furniture around. A lot of the Venice Place furniture (e.g. the piano, the book shelf, the dining table) have appeared on the set in this renovation.

The interior and the exterior are not perfectly matched: the dimensions are a little off (on the canal side wall especially), and there are too few windows on the inside (judging from the exterior, there should be one in the bathroom, and one on each side of the piano – I missed one of those when creating that layout).

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Original) —

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Original)

Things to notice:¬†The early version of the Canal Cottage has a few blank spots and oddities: We don’t know what’s at the back of the kitchen. The corner to the right of the front door is never shown. The dining table in the alcove is only there for the tag of Death Notice.

The renovation happens between two consecutive episodes: 01-07 The Pariah and 01-08 Kill Huggy Bear.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

Layouts: Venice Place —

Layouts: Venice Place

 

Things to notice:

The greenhouse furniture changes almost every time we see it, and the back door is never properly seen (Starsky comes in through the greenhouse with a pizza in ‚ÄúThe Game‚ÄĚ tag, so there must be a back entrance there by S4).

In my layout, the bath tub is where it is from ‚ÄúStarsky‚Äôs Lady‚ÄĚ onward. Earlier, there‚Äôs a small closed space on the left and the tub and the window are more to the right (see e.g. when Molly/Pete is pretending to take a bath).

The distance between the tiffany glass wall and the pillar in the middle may vary from episode to episode. The furniture on the street side wall – and the wall itself – is often moved, as that is the direction from which the room is most often filmed. Also, lamps and artwork travel frequently from table to table or from wall to wall, but mostly things in Hutch’s apartment stay nicely in place.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

Starsky’s Window Blind Art (Tree House) — February 12, 1977

Starsky’s Window Blind Art (Tree House)

Starsky already had some modest window blind art in his Ridgeway house. In his new house, he (or, the rumor has it, PMG) goes wild:

Modern cave paintings in the kitchen window blind seen at least in:

02-19 Starsky’s Lady
04-20 Targets Without a Badge, Part 2
04-21 Starsky vs. Hutch

Some weird figures in his bedroom window blind seen in:

03-14 The Heavyweight

 

Starsky’s Water Cooler —

Starsky’s Water Cooler

When I first saw Starsky’s yellow, chicken-adorned water cooler, I thought it was so great that, in the 70s, you could apparently just walk to a shop and pick yourself a water cooler with such bright colors and fun decorations.

But, alas, I was told that this water cooler is most likely repainted. A quick Google search happened to bring up what I think is the exact model of water cooler Starsky had, in its original white paint. So, whoever did the customized chicken paintwork, they did great work! The quirky illustration is a perfect match for the rest of the Starsky household.

I have spotted this same model of water cooler in a few S1 episodes: there’s a white one in the squad room, and a dark grey one in the basement of Dismas Center (in Silence). It is possible that one of these was customized for Starsky’s house, or maybe the decoration was made for some other show and they just thought it was very Starsky-ish.

The repainted water cooler is always present in Starsky’s Tree House and can be spotted in many kitchen scenes from Starsky’s Lady to Starsky vs. Hutch.

Here’s the white one from the squad room in A Coffin for Starsky:

 

Starsky’s Tree House (2480 Unknown Street) —

Starsky’s Tree House (2480 Unknown Street)

This house is one big mystery. Firstly, the location of the house, apparently deconstructed long ago, is unknown. There isn’t even a fictional address for it, only the house number (2480) is seen on the door.¬† Secondly, unlike the other houses Starsky and Hutch live in, we never see either of them outside this house. The only time we see someone outside the house is in The Committee: “Ginger” sitting in the Torino while Starsky is inside getting the wine and reporting to Hutch and Dobey. But we don’t see him run up or down the stairs.

It’s an interesting modern style house, though. The porch seems to have been built around a tree. There’s a creek running in the front of the house, in a man-made ravine under the boarded front yard/driveway.

The house is seen in: 

02-19 Starsky’s Lady
02-21 The Committee
02-25 Starsky and Huch Are Guilty
03-03 Fatal Charm
03-14 The Heavyweight
03-18 Class in Crime
03-20 Foxy Lady
04-02 The Game
04-06 Strange Justice
04-09 Black and Blue
04-12 Starsky’s Brother
04-20 Targets Without a Badge, Part 3
04-21 Starsky vs. Hutch

Although quiet and somewhere out of the way, the house is never at rest: the interior arrangement changes inexplicably a couple of times. A wall and a door appear for plot purposes in Foxy Lady and then disappear, a fireplace may or may not be there, and the bathroom moves around… And is there a patio (Fatal Charm, below, first) or a balcony (The Committee, below, second) at the back? Who knows? Which way is the back anyway?¬†There seems to have been very little effort to make the interior set match the exterior in any way.

 

Starsky’s Window Blind Art (Ridgeway) — October 16, 1976
Hutch’s Big Brass Bed (Venice Place) —

Hutch’s Big Brass Bed (Venice Place)

The brass bed at Venice Place is one of the notable new items in Hutch’s new home. Still not really private, the sleeping area separated by the wooden folding screen at Venice Place is an improvement compared to the Canal Cottage, where the bed was first right in the middle of the room.

For all we know, Hutch never sleeps in his bed – the only two times we see him on it are when he sits next to Vanessa in the morning (and the bed creaks horribly) in “Hutchinson for Murder One”, and when he calls Marianne in “Ballad for a Blue Lady” (there Hutch is actually horizontal on the bed, but fully clothed on top of the bedspread). Compare that to all the scenes with a sleepy, mostly nude Starsky in his bed – that’s at least three times. Yes, life is unfair.

The bed is seen in most episodes showing us the interior of Hutch’s Venice Place home. In the first one, “Gillian”, it is in the background and the brass frame isn’t visible, but we can assume it’s the same bed. At least the off-white chenille bedspread is in place.

What about the rest of the bedding? The couple of times we see the pillow cases, they are white (with a vertical stripe pattern woven in in “Murder One”), and in “Targets, Part 3” we see a blanket or a top sheet, light yellow with some texture. In “Murder One”, Vanessa slept wrapped in the bedspread, no top sheet there.

Bonus: a panorama put together from that one scene where we see Hutch horizontal on this bed:

Hutch’s Venice Place Apartment (1027 1/2 Ocean Avenue) —

Hutch’s Venice Place Apartment (1027 1/2 Ocean Avenue)

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Built in 1923, the house used in S2-S4 as the exterior of Hutch’s home still exists, though some of the charming details like the decorative door are long gone:¬†1027 Abbot Kinney Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90291, USA.

From The Bay City Gazetteer:¬†“There is a very good description of Venice Place in 2009 (http://starskyhutcharchive.net/advent/2011/12b.html) by Flamingo […]. This item prompted a fan named June to contribute pictures of Venice Place in 1981 (http://starskyhutcharchive.net/advent/2011/23e.html), just after the series had ended.”

An alternative address of the house is Washington Blvd (the FBI kickback in The Specialist; the street sign in Little Girl Lost).

Inside, the layout of the apartment is very similar to Hutch’s Canal Cottage, and Hutch has kept most of the stuff he had there. (I.e., it’s the same set, with some paintwork, minor redecoration – the main differences are probably the addition of the deck¬†and moving the fireplace to the opposite corner.)

It’s interesting that the exterior of the house is seen only the third time Hutch’s new home is used in the show – “Vendetta”, with its many scenes filmed around (and one in the actual staircase) Venice Place would’ve have been the perfect episode to introduce the new place. Maybe the airing order did go wrong – especially “Gillian” seems out of place shown before “Vendetta”, showing Hutch falling in love with someone else when Abby from S1 is still his girlfriend in “Vendetta”.

Hutch’s Venice Place home is seen in:

02-05 Gillian
02-08 The Specialist
02-10 Vendetta
02-12 Iron Mike
02-13 Little Girl Lost
02-18 Survival
02-19 Starsky’s Lady
02-22 The Velvet Jungle
02-25 Starsky and Hutch Are Guilty
03-03 Fatal Charm
03-15 A Body Worth Guarding
03-19 Hutchinson for Murder One
03-20 Foxy Lady
04-02 The Game
04-14 Ballad for a Blue Lady
04-18 Targets Without a Badge, Part 1
04-20 Targets Without a Badge, Part 3
04-21 Starsky vs. Hutch

Starsky’s Four-poster Bed (Ridgeway) — February 26, 1976

Starsky’s Four-poster Bed (Ridgeway)

How Starsky went from this bed in his Ridgeway house to the simple, modern one in his Tree House is beyond me. One explanation would be that he had rented this Ridgeway house furnished. Very little of the stuff from this apartment follows him to his new place. (Funny, some stuff, like a couple of lamps, this bedside table lamp included, move to Venice Place instead!)

I’m not sure if this bed is a monstrosity or a marvel. The velvety patchwork bedspread is very baroque in itself. The bed frame has leather padding. And it has mirrors. Lots of mirrors. It has three mirrors on top:

And of course there’s that one mirror at the head between the leather padded panels, and if you look closely at the reflection, you see the mirror and the leather paddings are reflected back, which means, yes, Starsky has one more mirror on the wall at the foot of the bed:

On the inner corners, there are handy little shelves for small stuff. That quaint porcelain decoration is not exactly what you’d expect to see there, though!

The bed is seen in:

01-20 Running
01-21 A Coffin For Starsky

Starsky’s Ridgeway House (2000 Ridgeway Avenue) — February 25, 1976

Starsky’s Ridgeway House (2000 Ridgeway Avenue)

Built in 1936, this house still exists: 2000 N Sycamore Ave Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA

Interestingly, the interior set that was used for Starsky’s Ridgeway house is used in other episodes even before Starsky moves to his new place. You can see the very recognizable kitchen at least in The Las Vegas Strangler (Vicky’s apartment) and Murder at Sea (Helen and October’s apartment).

The house is seen in:

01-20 Running
01-21 A Coffin for Starsky
02-05 Gillian

Starsky and Hutch’s Shared Living Room Lamp —

Starsky and Hutch’s Shared Living Room Lamp

After being seen once in Starsky’s Ridgeway house in “Running”, this lamp moves to Venice Place, where it stays in one spot behind the couch for the rest of the series, surviving the many attacks on the Hutchinson household. The shade seems to have been changed, but the base is definitely the same. (Left, on the long table in the middle of Starsky’s apartment in “Running”; right, chez Hutch in “Little Girl Lost”.)

Details of the lamp base are seen well in the close-ups in “Running”. I’m no expert in ancient Mesoamerican ceramics, but it has an Aztec pottery vibe to me. Maybe it’s just because of the teeth of that creature (or is it even a creature?) that’s depicted there.

Starsky’s Alpha Sculpt Cube by Sheldon Rose —

Starsky’s Alpha Sculpt Cube by Sheldon Rose

Something interesting caught my eye when I was studying the Ridgeway house scenes in “Running”: this small art item – maybe a paper weight or just a decorative object? – seemed distinct enough to be easily found through a Google search and, yes, it took about ten seconds to identify it! Sometimes you just get lucky – other times, you rack your brain for search strategies for a fortnight and get nowhere, except closer and closer to insanity.

The artist is Sheldon Rose – his signature is that little rose, here seen on the top right corner of the item. I couldn’t find much information about him, except that he graduated from Cooper Union (a private college in East Village, Manhattan) in the 1950s and worked and exhibited in New York City until the early 1970s.

Quite a few of these cast metal sculptures, most of them dated to 1968, have been for sale in online auctions in the recent years. This aluminum one is from the smaller end – some are big enough to function as tables. Rose gave them the name Alpha Sculpt – it’s unreadable in the screenshot, but that’s what is says next to the rose.

(And for those who look at the screen shot and go, “wait, isn’t that Hutch’s lamp from Venice Place?” – yes, it is.)

The Alpha Sculpt cube is seen in:

01-20 Running

I haven’t spotted it in Starsky’s Tree House, but it is possible, even likely, that it appears somewhere else in the show.

Hutch’s Narrow Brass Bed (Canal Cottage) — October 29, 1975

Hutch’s Narrow Brass Bed (Canal Cottage)

Out of Hutch’s three beds, this one is the narrowest. Really, the only reason it makes any sense for him to get such a narrow bed is that he didn’t think a wider one would fit in this corner (the former dining area) of his house – this way, it’s a tight fit next to the window. Apparently it was too narrow for his purposes, but he liked the brass frame, as he gets a wider brass bed to his new apartment in Venice Place.

Just a detail that caught my eye: the bedspread is probably cut to shape – you can see a seam on the long side, and the stripes are vertical at the end of the bed:

The bed is seen in:

01-08 Kill Huggy Bear
01-10 Lady Blue
01-12 Terror on the Docks (only a corner visible)
01-13 The Deadly Imposter
01-14 Shootout
01-20 Running (only a corner visible)
01-22 The Bounty Hunter

Hutch’s Couch — October 8, 1975

Hutch’s Couch

The trusty three-seat beige couch with its patterned cushions is seen in all (and put to very good use in many of) the episodes that have scenes in the Canal Cottage or Venice Place, with the single exception of “Iron Mike” where the guys play chess out on the deck.

The life of this couch is one of ups and downs, and I can’t resist telling the whole story of its upholstery in pictures.

“The Suffering Sofa: The Life and Times of One Very Unlucky Piece of Furniture”

In the first two seasons, the couch’s life is easy. From the first sighting in “The Fix” (01-05) to the S2 finale “Starsky and Hutch Are Guilty” (02-25), the couch sees some unpleasant things happen at both the Canal Cottage (Hutch kidnapped) and its new home in Venice Place (Abby attacked), but it doesn’t suffer any physical harm.

Little does it know what is to come in the third season… In “Fatal Charm” (03-03), the cushions have recently received new covers for no apparent reason:

But they are soon stabbed to death by Diana:

Hutch must’ve liked the new covers, because the next time we see the couch in “A Body Worth Guarding” (03-15), they’ve been replaced with identical ones:

But the worst is yet to come.¬†For some reason, the couch has a new Mexican-style look (with a matching hem, too) only a few episodes later, in “Hutchinson for Murder One” (03-19):

But very soon this happens:

The couch survives and, miraculously, in the next episode “Foxy Lady” (03-20), the Mexican look is there again, untouched:

But very soon this happens again:

Season 4 may be a turbulent one for Starsky and Hutch, but for Hutch’s couch, it means the return of peace – and yet another new Mexican look that is so similar to the last one that the hem can stay the same. (In fact, not visible in the picture below, but like in the late S3 cushion covers above, the narrow sides of the S4 cushions are of the same fabric as the couch’s hem.)

No one threatens the couch with knives ever again, which is nice.¬†This upholstery survives all the way from “The Game” (04-02) to the very last sighting in “Starsky vs. Hutch” (04-21).

The End.

 

Hutch’s First Bed (Canal Cottage) —

Hutch’s First Bed (Canal Cottage)

The first of Hutch’s three different beds falls victim to the 70s fashions: that brown plaid bedspread is an eyesore.

The structure of the bed is interesting: looks like the shelf and the bedstead are carpenter work specially for this apartment, considering they’re made of the same rough wood material as the walls.

Hutch moves his sleeping area to the alcove after the wall behind the bed here is knocked down and the kitchen renovated. He gets a new bed, but keeps the shelf at the head of this one – it’s moved under the alcove window, and it remains in the same spot in his Venice Place apartment, too.

The bed is seen in: 

01-05 The Fix
01-06 Death Notice
01-07 The Pariah

Hutch’s Canal Cottage (Address Unknown) —

Hutch’s Canal Cottage (Address Unknown)

Originally built in 1926, Hutch’s S1 home still exists, though much altered:¬†232 Sherman Canal, Venice, CA 90291, USA.

From¬†The Bay City Gazetteer: “The Google Street View necessarily shows only the back of the house (houses adjoining the Venice Canals tend to be built facing the Canals), but you can get a reasonable view of the rest of this house with the 45-degree satellite option in Google Street View (or try Google Earth).”

My theory why they changed the filming location for S2 in 1976 is that 236 Sherman Canal – the house on the vacant lot where they used to park the cars – was built in 1976 (this can be checked on many real estate sites). A construction site next door would have made it difficult to get new footage of the house.

The interior of Hutch’s little house goes through some major changes after just three episodes: the kitchen wall is knocked down, the kitchen countertop changed, and the sleeping and dining areas switch places (though it looks like the dining table was brought in only when it was needed in “Death Notice”). All this happens between two consecutively aired episodes, “Pariah” and “Kill Huggy Bear”, though the first time we properly see the changes is in “Lady Blue” when the guys are enjoying their candlelight dinner.

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In summary, the feeling I get from “The Fix” is that Hutch hadn’t lived at the cottage for a long time – then he renovated it to his liking, but something forced him to move away after less than a year (but happily he managed to find a place the layout of which is nearly identical).

The Canal Cottage is seen in:

01-05 The Fix
01-06 Death Notice
01-07 Pariah
01-08 Kill Huggy Bear
01-10 Lady Blue
01-12 Terror on the Docks
01-13 The Deadly Imposter
01-14 Shootout
01-20 Running
01-22 The Bounty Hunter

 

Hutch’s Piano(s) —

Hutch’s Piano(s)

In the early episodes, Hutch had a small piano in the alcove (in the last sighting in 01-07 “The Pariah”, there was sheet music on it, so he probably even played it).

However, it was gone with the cottage renovation. From “Kill Huggy Bear” forward, there’s a big antique piano in the cottage (apparently serving as a fancy beer stand):

In Venice Place, the same piano is on the wall next to the door.

It’s always there in the background, but Hutch is seen playing it only twice, in “Little Girl Lost”:

And in “Ballad for a Blue Lady”:

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