It's probably clear to you by now that I'm definitely one to obsess over the details, so it'll be no surprise to learn that I've spent a lot of time staring out of the windows and doors of the Twin Peaks locations and sets. It all began while watching the pilot for the trillionth time. During the first scene at the Double R after Heidi pulls up in her beetle, I noticed the (very fast) sweeping pan from the windows facing the parking lot, over to Heidi at the door. I took the DVD to my computer and scanned through that pan, frame by frame and took screen captures so I could analyze them (ad nauseam) later. This little project led me to compare what I saw outside the windows in the pilot to what we see out the windows on the sets used in the rest of the series...are you with me? I love this crap! Anyway, I put together a compendium of screen caps of the windows and doors of Twin Peaks. Mostly, we only see frosted glass with studio sunlight bursting in, but sometimes we get something a bit more exciting, like a backdrop of the Great Northern Hotel parking lot, the Sheriff's Station parking lot or, at long last, Donna's front porch! Keep scrolling down the page if you want to completely geek out with me.THE DOUBLE R DINER, PILOT
Those of you who have visited Twede's Cafe in North Bend, WA are familiar with what's outside the diner. If you haven't been, it's your basic small town main street...general store, clothing boutiques, furniture, antiques, diner, etc.. Note how open and bright the street scene is in these shots from the pilot. A current view of what's across the street from the diner HERE.
THE DOUBLE R DINER SET
Looking over the backdrop photos used as the street scene on the Double R set, you'll notice that different backdrops were used in the first season and the second season. Through the window during Audrey's dance in episode 2 you see a seafood restaurant across the street. In the shot of Coop and Truman talking to Hank, you can see that next to the seafood place there's a gun shop. It's unclear to me whether the backdrop photos used in season one were taken in Washington State or not. The most prominent view outside the Double R windows in the second season is of the Carnation Barber Shop. The shop seems to move left to right depending on which episode you're watching. It's interesting to note here that they filmed some exteriors for the pilot in the town of Carnation, WA (near to North Bend and Snoqualmie.) Apparently, during the pilot shoot they took photographs of the street scenes on Tolt Ave. for later use on the sets. The old barber shop building (now empty) is at 4563 Tolt, and the former Cedar Log Tavern is at 4573 Tolt Ave.. Google street view HERE.
THE PALMER RESIDENCE, PILOT & SET
Ah, the interior of the Palmer house, one of my all-time favorite locations. The Palmer set, however, could've used some serious help, set dressing-wise and continuity-wise. I'll go into that in a whole other section later. Anyway, we're talking about views out of windows... Here, we basically got nothin'. Just the usual treatment of that weird, pinkish light filtered through frosted windows with the occasional appearance of wispy, hedge-like plastic plants. Luckily, there's no real view out of the windows in the pilot to compare the sets to, and since the shot of the exterior of the house had hedges growing just above the front windows, they're off the hook.
THE HURLEY RESIDENCE, PILOT AND SET
Once again, that other-wordly, pink light coming in through sheer-curtained windows. In episode 2 we see a rather confusing painted clapboard wall outside the Hurley's front door --which doesn't match the exterior shot of the house at all. Maybe it's supposed to be a separate garage or something. Who knows.
THE TIMBER FALLS MOTEL SET
What is it about the Timber Falls Motel? I wish there had been more scenes filmed here. It just seems ripe for the unfolding of new and tawdry plot lines! On the motel set, we mostly get the pink-lit window treatment, but we're treated to a rare and...well...ludicrous woodsy photo backdrop when Harry, Coop & crew bust into the Phillip Gerard's room. You gotta love it. They tried to give us woods!
TRUMAN RESIDENCE SET
I often forget that I ever saw Harry's house at all. Were it not for the brief scenes in episodes 17 and 18, we'd have had to wonder all our lives about where exactly Truman lived. I still wonder what Hawk's house would've looked like. I picture a cross between the Log Lady's cabin and the Bookhouse... I digress. Back to windows. I love this brief glimpse into Harry's world. It's awesome that they paid so much attention to what we'd (so briefly) see outside his windows. The covered porch and the thick woods beyond it give just the right combo of remoteness and warmth that (I think) fit Truman's character.
HAYWARD RESIDENCE, PILOT AND SET
By far the homiest, safest warm spot in the show, several pivotal scenes took place inside the Hayward residence; First and foremost, Donna sneaking out of Harriett's bedroom window in the pilot, then onto the set as Donna, Maddy and James first listen to Laura's secret recordings for Jacoby. In another scene, Maddy has a vision of Bob which was made all the more frightening because it happened in the safe haven of the Hayward's living room! And finally, Dr. Hayward punching out Benjamin Horne and possible killing/putting him in a coma. Again, I gush. Okay...the windows. Mostly the white-hot-pink sunshine through gauzy curtains...except for that horrendously bad backdrop behind Windom Earle when Donna answers the door. Then, in the last episode, the PORCH! Though this porch matched neither the real porch in the pilot nor the exterior shots of the series house, it sure was neat and (to me) thrilling to catch sight of it. See below.
THE BLUE PINE LODGE, PILOT
Shot in the kitchen at the Kiana Lodge, this first glimpse into the world of Twin Peaks spoke volumes. Aside from summing up in 10 seconds all we need to know about Pete and Catherine's relationship, the kitchen and the view out its windows perfectly sets the rustic, woodsy tone of the series.
THE BLUE PINE LODGE SET
I adore the set of the Blue Pine Lodge. It's become, more or less, the standard by which I judge all potential dream homes. It seems that the crew did more here to give us something to look at out the windows. Sure, there's the obligatory white light blasting in during daytime scenes, but I love that they took the trouble to put up some piney props outside the windows. After all, in the exterior shot most of the house is surrounded by trees. One of my favorite set moments in the show is when (in episode 23) Pete walks out what would be the same door he walked out of to go fishin' in the pilot ...and we see the side of the house as he leaves! It's truly thrilling to me to get these tiny glimpses of parts of the sets we rarely get to see. Things built outside the interior walls, just in case.
THE BRIGGS' RESIDENCE SETS
Based on the exterior shot, I guess it kinda makes sense that the Briggs' cinder block house is mostly window free. If I'm not mistaken, I think the only other scenes inside this house were in episode 1 when Bobby gets walloped by Garland, then in episode 3 before the funeral. In both scenes there are no visible windows. When Major Briggs returns in episode 19 we see these frosty-green, blind-like windows through which there looks to be another house next door...that or it's the other side of the house looking across the carport. Well done.
The Sheriff's Department building in the pilot was, in reality, the office for the Weyerhaeuser Sawmill. If you look closely, you can see smokestacks and some other mill buildings through the windows in the conference room scenes. Also, when Bobby's parents come get him you may notice the lumber truck hiding the giveaway parts of the sawmill down the slope, but you can still make out some giant stacks of lumber.
THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SETS
As discussed on the "OUTSIDE THE VESTIBULE" page, throughout the series there were several different versions of the area just outside the entry to the station. The final version matching (more or less) the parking lot from the exterior shots. I am utterly fascinated with the photo they finally used as the parking lot backdrop, and I'm dying to know where it was taken! Aside from the one shot of Harry's office window when he and Pete are birdwatching (not the shot of the bird! the fake trees out the window), we never see a thing outside the windows of the station.
THE JOHNSON RESIDENCE SET
Same old, same old out the windows...but we do get a few pine saplings behind Hank in episode 7 and in episode 14, this strange interpretation of a porch with nothing but a heavenly white light in the yard. See below.
THE GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, PILOT
The Great Northern Hotel scenes in the pilot were shot at the Kiana Lodge, the same lodge where they shot scenes of the Blue Pine Lodge. The scene outside the windows of the Kiana Lodge is one of our major visual cues as to the size and landscape of Twin Peaks. A hotel nestled under damp fir trees, surrounded by moss and lush shrubbery. Almost as if it were plopped down in the middle of an enchanted forest.
THE GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL SETS
Here's another example of AMAZING, and elaborate set design! I love the view out of the dining room windows. It's reminiscent of the landscape around the Kiana Lodge, where they shot interiors of the hotel in the pilot. You can also kind of picture the waterfalls outside below the tree line, like at the Salish Lodge (exterior shots of the hotel). Ben Horne's office doors seem always to have that frosty pink, sound stage glow. I suppose it makes sense that he wouldn't want anyone to see into his office, though I imagine his office would've been situated in a private area of the hotel and he'd demand spectacular views... whatever. Anyway, onto the terrific shot of the Great Northern's parking lot in episode 25 when Donna follows her mother to the hotel. Though this backdrop doesn't really match what's outside the lobby in the pilot, I think it's a good compromise between that and the Salish Lodge parking lot. I also love the cedar roof shingles outside Cooper's window (which match the exteriors of the Great Northern!), indicating he was on an upper floor of the hotel.... unlike the One Armed Man's room which had hedges outside the windows, indicating a ground-level room.
THE GENERAL STORE
The Twin Peaks General Store was shot at the former Valley Hardware, Toys & Trains in Monrovia, CA. Sadly, the space is now a Pinkberry. Ugh. It just sucks that a small business that was open for over 25 years can't make it in a town like Monrovia. Pinkberry is the devil! Anyway, here's a LINK to the view outside these windows.
SMITH AND TREMOND RESIDENCES
Here's one of the more confusing mishmashes of scenes filmed on location versus scenes filmed on sets. The Tremond interiors were filmed on location in the small house next to Harold Smith's house, just as it's presented within the reality of the show. All of Harold Smith's interiors, however, were filmed on sets. The exterior of his house in episode 9 was shot on location, but the scene in episode 12 when he falls to the ground outside, was filmed on a set -as were all views outside his door from that point forward.