Dexter Filming Locations: Steve Dorsey's Apartment

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The location: Steve Dorsey's Apartment

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. An apartment house.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. At 1203 N. Gordon, in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. We first see the house in Episode 10, of Season 6, "Ricochet Rabbit".

    Having realized that Professor Gellar is dead, Travis goes looking for new disciples to help him continue his work as the Doomsday Killer.

    At an internet cafe, he reads the profile of a user named "Doomsday Adam", whose real name is Steve Dorsey.  He is a fanatic follower of Gellar's blog, and seems more than willing to kill for the cause.

    In this scene, Travis shows up at Dorsey's modest apartment.

    Dorsey is shocked to see him, but honored.  He invites him inside, and introduces him to his wife. Beth.

    Travis promises them untold riches in heaven, but only if they trust and obey.  Steve promises they will do whatever he says.

    In a later scene, Angel shows up at the apartment to investigate.  Before going in, he phones Quinn, but Quinn doesn't answer, so Angel goes in alone.

    That's a mistake.  Beth Dorsey lies to him, and pretends that the videos Steve made were just a gag.  But when Angel spots a number of Gellar's books on the shelf and gets suspicious, Travis appears behind him and knocks him out with a blow from a large crucifix.

    Travis then takes his badge and says it's a sign that God wants them to stage "Wormwood" (his upcoming chemical weapon attack) at Miami Metro.

    In the next episode 11, "Talk to the Hand", Travis sends Beth off on her suicide mission from this house, then attempts to kill Angel by tying him to the bed and setting the house on fire.  Quinn finally arrives on the scene, though, and rescues him.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. An apartment house.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. For a change, they used the real address on the show (Debra said it over the phone).

This is 1203 Gordon Street, only in Hollywood, CA, not in Miami.

(It's at the northwest corner of Gordon & Lexington, just one block south of the Sunset-Gower studio, where Dexter is filmed.

They staged the fire in the back bedroom of the house, using flame bars and a fireproof blanket.)

They have filmed a lot of Gordon Street over the years, but usually north of Fountain Ave.

The previous locations ranged from Doakes' apartment in Season One to Nick's house in this Season 6.

It's also just a block south of the donut shop, and the scene of Angel driving his Trans-Am.

    Rick shot the photos below in September 2011, during filming:

    Look to the lower right, and you'll see Angel's Trans-Am parked in front.
    And see that couch near the ladder?  It matches the Dorseys' couch in the screenshot above.

    This is the south side of the same building, where they staged a fire in the back bedroom. 

    [Warning: These are private apartments.  Do not trespass on their property,
    knock on their doors, or do anything else that might disturb the residents

Here is an aerial photo of the location.  Here is a Google StreetView.
  And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In previous seasons, I've usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the 6th season, though, I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Ellen, Susan, Jason, Elaine, Joel, Julie, Geoff, Jeff, Jen, and others. My thanks to all of them.

    Rick tipped me that they were filming this scene on Gordon Street, and sent me the photos you see above. Plus, the mailbox in the scene clearly reads 1203.   (Thanks, Rick. Great photos!)

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