The location: Dexter Finale House
The town of Astoria, Oregon, is located at the far northwest tip of Oregon, about 100 miles northwest of Portland, with a bridge crossing the Columbia River that links them to the neighboring state of Washington.
Astoria is the oldest American settlement on the west coast, founded in 1811 and named after a German fur trader who became the richest man in America in his day.
( Still, Dexter fans will appreciate that the nearby school is named "Astor Elementary School", and that a street in the town is named "Harrison Avenue". )
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I honestly didn't think I was going to find this one. And actually, I didn't.
I knew the house was probably in Astoria, since that is where they filmed the lumber camp scene. And I thought it was probably a real house (rather than a set built by the crew).
But there is virtually no Google StreetView (or Bing StreetSide) in the town of Astoria, once you get away from the main highway. And even the aerial photos of the town are of relatively poor quality, and can't be rotated for more detail. So it was impossible for me to check for details such as the diagonal row of three small windows on the front door of the house, or the number of white wood posts on the front porch.
But then, a fan named Josh Latta, from Oregon, emailed me to ask if I had found the house, because he planned to visit Astoria soon, and hoped to see the place in person.
I told him no, I hadn't found it, but I also sent him the two enlarged screencaps from the scene you see below. And I provided him with the few clues that I was able to glean from freeze-framing the few seconds when Dexter enters the house, and we see the front porch:
1. There appeared to be two green street signs, crossed, on a pole near the house. That indicated
2. There was a telephone pole, with a cable support, near the street sign.
4. There was a small boat sitting behind the porch (although I had no way to know if that was real,
5. There was an unusual wooden structure with what looked like window panes, just behind the house.
And that was all I had to go on.
But Josh ran with it, and emailed me later to tell me that he thought he had found the house, using the aerial photos, based on the following criteria:
1. The steps/porch faced the right direction (east).
After checking the aerial photos, I agreed that it was almost certainly the right house, but since he was going there in person, I planned to wait for Josh to verify it before posting about it.
But shortly thereafter, Josh sent me this article from the local newspaper, the Daily Astorian:
And there it was, big as life: the house, the crew filming there, and a mention that it was located right where we expected,
Josh is still planning to visit Astoria, and promises to send photos of the house when he does. I'll post those photos here when I get them. So stay tuned.
(Thanks, Josh! Great job!)
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