location: Doakes Crashes Mobster's
What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A Catholic church.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. In Miami,
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode 3 (of Season 1), "Popping Cherry".
The mob has killed an undercover policeman, Ricky Simmons, and his wife. And Sgt. Doakes is mad.
So, he shows up at a party being held at a Catholic church celebrating the confirmation of the young daughter of the mobster (Guerrero) who Doakes thinks ordered the murders.
happy festival, and the young girl, Rose, is being congratulated by the
local bishop when Doakes shows up uninvited and starts talking to her.
tells her he is investigating the murder of an undercover cop and his
wife, and begins to show her a photo. She's confused about why he's
asking her about the matter.
father suddenly shows up and tells Doakes to get away from his
daughter. He whispers to Doakes that he is crossing the line by
coming to his church, and messing with his family.
"You just opened a dangerous door," Guerrero tells Doakes.
you did," replies Doakes. He then raises his voice to make sure
everyone hears, and shouts "When you murdered a cop and an innocent
As the mother hurries the distressed daughter away, Doakes says "If you don't play by the rules, Guerrero, why should I?".
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A women's club.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This is not really a church (Catholic or otherwise).
This is actually the Ebell of Los Angeles, a social club for women which dates back to the late 1800's.
This clubhouse was built in 1927, and the church-like arches we see in this scene from Dexter are part of a tile-roofed colonnade walkway that leads from the dining room to a grassy central plaza with a fountain.
You'll find the Ebell clubhouse at 4400 Wilshire Boulevard (at Lucerne Blvd), which is just south of the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The arched colonnade is on the building's east side.
The producers added the various religious statues and paintings to make it appear to be a Catholic church.
(As a side note, Dexter later filmed a scene from the 3rd season at the Ebell's sister clubhouse in Long Beach.)
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. Of all the Dexter locations I've found, this one took me the longest time to track down. Almost 10 years, to be exact.
Back in 2006, I
looked for this "church" everywhere, but I couldn't find it. The
first problem was that I was looking for an actual Catholic church -
and as you've read above, this isn't one.
other major problem was that the show was still filming some of its
scenes in Miami back then, so I couldn't be sure if this "church" was
in L.A. or in Miami. I remember even emailing a screencap to a priest in Florida to see if he recognized it. But no luck. It's
hard enough to find locations here in L.A., so after checking out a
zillion Catholic churches in both cities, I eventually gave up.
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