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.

Starsky’s Window Blind Art (Ridgeway) — October 16, 1976
Starsky’s Nixie Tube Clock — March 3, 1976

Starsky’s Nixie Tube Clock

I think this peculiar clock is only ever seen in Starsky’s Ridgeway house in “A Coffin for Starsky”, an episode in which time was of the essence and clock’s had to be properly visible. This clock is not there on Starsky’s bedside table in the previous episode, “Running” (there he seems to have a bulky radio – possibly a clock radio?).

I was informed by Matsir that this clock a Nixie tube clock, and some lucky googling for images of Nixie clocks led me to this page with old electronic clocks, where this exact model is described! It is “Venus”, made by Data Time Inc. in Beaverton/Portland, OR, in the early 1970s. The site says it cost $150 as new – we know from various episodes that Starsky enjoyed expensive watches, so why not clocks, too? (On the other hand, by 1976, this clock would maybe have been a few years old. Let’s say, if Starsky had purchased it in 1976 for $100, it would still equal a $440 purchase today…. Not exactly cheap for a bedside clock!)


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 Peacock Chair(s) — February 25, 1976

Starsky’s Peacock Chair(s)

Yes, there are two different peacock chairs: the one seen in Starsky’s Ridgeway apartment in Season 1 (01-21 Running) is one of the few items he takes with him to the Tree House in Season 2. There, the chair is replaced with a more elaborately decorated chair in Season 3 (first seen in 03-04 Rosey Malone). As seen in photos from this era, Paul Michael Glaser had a similar fashionable chair in his home – his chair looks like it was chewed to death by his beloved dogs, but nothing tells us how Starsky’s first chair met its end. It is last seen in the very last minutes of Season 2, when Starsky and Hutch notice Starsky’s place has been broken into – maybe what we don’t see after the film freezes is them making a mad dash for the phone to call the station and accidentally smashing the chair on their way.

Starsky’s Ridgeway House (2000 Ridgeway Avenue) —

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

An attempt at a layout of this house.

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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