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I Love Lucy Apartment, Los Angeles, California (1951)

Artist/Designer: Glenda Rovello, Jess Oppenheimer

Project Location: California, United States

Figure 1: “Lucy Cries Wolf,” Season 4, Episode 3, aired October 18, 1954 ( Source | Accessed : March 5, 2021 )
Figure 2: “Lucy Wants New Furniture,” Season 2, Episode 28, aired June 1, 1953 ( Source | Accessed : March 5, 2021 )
Figure 3: “Lucy Goes to the Hospital,” Season 2, Episode 16, aired January 19, 1953 ( Source | Accessed : March 5, 2021 )
Figure 4: “Drafted,” Season 1, Episode 11, aired December 24, 1951 ( Source | Accessed : March 5, 2021 )
Figure 5: Pilot for I Love Lucy, filmed March 2, 1951; aired
April 30, 1990 on CBS.
( Source | Accessed : March 5, 2021 )


Primary Material(s):
Wood, Glass, Fabric, Light, Paper, Textile, Wall Paper

Residential Structure

Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
20th Century, 1950-1959, 1951, 1950

Additional Information:
Publications/Texts in Print:
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York: Quill/William Morris, 1993.
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Charlottesville, VA, and London: University Press of Virginia, 1992.
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World War II. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
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London: University of Chicago Press, 1992.
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Building Address: 846 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90038

Tags: Film interiors, I Love Lucy, 1950s, 20th Century, Los Angeles, California, CBS

Significant Dates: Filming began in 1950, Show ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957

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