Sleuthing Out the Filming Locations in True Detective Season 2

We conducted our own top-secret investigation of the show’s permits and found these L.A. spots

We get the world we deserve. So reads the ominous tagline to the second season of True Detective. If that’s the case, HBO subscribers are deserving of a whole lot of L.A. Leading up to the series premiere, producer Nic Pizzolatto was tightlipped on plot details, but a little digging of our own revealed the use of several landmark locations, some already made famous in films and TV. Here are four spots you can discover on your own:

Sowden House
Designed by Lloyd Wright (eldest son of Frank) in the 1920s, the residence earned the nickname “the Jaws House” because of the jagged, mouth-like entrance. The home’s reputation certainly has bite. In the 1997 film L.A. Confidential, sleazy pimp Pierce Patchett (played by David Strathairn) throws a party there featuring his “girls.” It was also the home of George Hodel, a suspect in the Black Dahlia case. The space is closed to the public but visible from Franklin Avenue.

TWO TIMING Jean Heather and costar Fred MacMurray make the Hollywood Bowl a noir haunt in Double Indemnity
TWO TIMING
Jean Heather and costar Fred MacMurray make the Hollywood Bowl a noir haunt in Double Indemnity

Hollywood Bowl
In Double Indemnity, Billy Wilder’s 1944 L.A. noir masterpiece, Fred MacMurray’s salesman catches a show perched above the instantly recognizable venue. The band shell, originally installed in 1926, has been redesigned and rebuilt several times, with the current steel frame by the Hodgetts + Fung architecture firm. The Bowl has been featured in roughly 40 TV and film productions, from The Ed Sullivan Show to Xanadu.

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Yamashiro Hollywood
Modeled after a Kyoto palace, the structure served as a private residence when it was built in the early 1900s, then was transformed into a Japanese restaurant known for its hilltop view. Yamashiro’s shoji decor can be spotted in ancient reruns of I Spy and Perry Mason. True Detective may be a parting shot. The property is for sale and the building’s future is uncertain.

Hollyhock House
Named in honor of oil heiress Aline Barnsdall’s favorite flower, the 1920s structure was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first L.A. project. The home was renovated and recently reopened to the public, with tours available Thursday through Sunday. The surrounding Barnsdall Art Park hosts a Monday farmers’ market and Friday wine tastings. The space’s most notable film credit, however, is 1989’s Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death. Is it ripe for a remake?

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