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. 😛

The same set is used at least in Hostages, 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.

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
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.

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