The use of that word leads Bill to assume that she must be older and unattractive, but he still agrees to go through with the arranged meeting.
Q. What is it actually, in real life?
This stable & carriage barn was constructed circa 1885, shortly after the Civil War, not far from Baldwin's Victorian guest home (now known as the Queen Anne Cottage) on the Baldwin Estate, in what is now Arcadia, CA.
The Baldwin estate (named Santa Anita) is now the Los Angeles Arboretum, and lies across the street (northwest of) from the popular race track that bears its former name: Santa Anita.
You'll find it at 301 N. Baldwin Ave, in Arcadia, CA. The Arboretum is open to the public, so you can visit and see both the Cottage and the stables for yourself (in addition to the Arboretum's fine gardens).
The Coach Barn (as they like to call this stable building) sits about 150 yards southwest of the Queen Anne Cottage, between that home and the rose garden. Like the cottage, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built to house Baldwin's many carriages, as well as the horses that drew them.
This isn't your typical stable. Befitting its multimillionaire owner, these horse stalls are crafted of polished redwood & cedar, and decorated with elaborate iron grillwork. The building's exterior is, like the Queen Anne Cottage, another bit of Victorian extravagance (There is even a matching Victorian dog house nearby, which once housed the bull mastiffs that helped guard the Baldwin estate.)
The city of Arcadia lies about six miles east of Pasadena, CA (home of the world-famous Rose Bowl & Rose Parade), and about 15 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
You can read more about the Arboretum here. (If you haven't yet been there, I strongly suggest a visit.)
Here is a photo of the stables that I shot back in 2006:
and this photo, that I shot of the exterior of the building:
Here is an aerial photo of the coach barn. And here is a map link.
A. I have visited the L.A. Arboretum on several occasions, and I photographed this stable in detail back in 2004. There aren't many stables this opulent, so I naturally recognized it when I saw it in the episode.
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