Where was Perry Mason filmed? Guide to All the Filming Locations

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Now back for season two, the 2020 HBO Perry Mason series is a spin-off of the classic CBS television series rather than a reboot.

The six-part thriller goes deep into the origins of the cult detective, before he became the black-and-white criminal defense lawyer, played by Raymond Burr, that we all remember.

Actor Matthew Rhys

The Perry Mason character, played by Matthew Rhys (The Americans, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), is also inspired by the Erle Stanley Gardner best-selling book series.

Produced by Robert -Ironman- Downey Jr, the show is directed by Tim Van Patten, who also has directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, and Game of Thrones.

This new Perry Mason was filmed in Los Angeles, the city where traditionally the stories of the fictional attorney had always been set.

Here is our spoiler-free guide to all the filming locations of the series. You’ll find the new season 2 updates below in the report.

Perry Mason Locations

Perry Mason city
The first episode starts at Angels Flight Railway, a funicular located in Bunker Hill.

This historical landmark of the city of Los Angeles closed in 2013 due to a derailment, until the film crew of the La La Land movie arranged to make it running for the shoot.

As you can see, the surroundings of the funicular had to be totally CGI'd to set the action back in the thirties.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of HBO and Anson Chu - Map

Perry Mason location
The rainy scenes at Ptomaine Tommy restaurant were filmed on San Pedro's 6th Street. The art-deco cinema is the magnificent Warner Grand Theatre, located next door.

The production dressed the exteriors of store windows to look like the time period where Perry Mason is set, during the years of the Great Depression.

The courtroom scenes were filmed in the old City Hall building on Sixth Street and Harbor Boulevard.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps / Court House Map

The church in Los Angeles
The Radio Assembly of God temple exterior where Sister Alice (Tatiana Maslany) delivers sermons is the Second Church of Christ Scientist at 948 W Adams Boulevard (University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles).

The interiors were filmed at the 1914 Trinity Auditorium at the old Embassy Hotel at 851 South Grand Avenue in Downtown LA.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps - Hotel Map

Mountain View Mausoleum
The funeral home is the spectacular 1923 Mountain View Mausoleum on Marengo Avenue in Altadena.

All the scenes in the burial ground, including the awesome episode seven sequence, were filmed here in the graveyard.

The cemetery was established in 1882 and hosts many historically significant personalities. The Chapel of Radiance was also featured in Netflix Lucifer series season 4.
Image courtesy of HBO and Ron Gilbert - Map

The Ebell of Los Angeles
The clubhouse is the hall of The Ebell of Los Angeles, off Wilshire Boulevard in The Miracle Mile district.

Founded in 1894, this historic women’s club complex includes the Ebell Club, the Clubhouse, and the Theater.

The First World War scene was shot in the studios in Santa Clarita.
Image courtesy of HBO and Los Angeles - Map

Los Angeles City Hall courtroom
The justice court exteriors and some halls and corridors are the stunning Los Angeles City Hall building.

Completed in 1928, the neoclassical arched entrance is combined with a 454 feet high (138 m) Art Deco tower.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Perry Mason restaurant scene
The restaurant where Perry and Pete have dinner in episode three is the famous Musso and Frank Grill at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard.

This classic eatery was also featured in Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Lupe Gibbs fountain scene
The casino is the old Rancho Camulos Museum, located in Fillmore, halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

This Spanish Colonial ranch was home to prominent Californio Hispanic settlers and it was believed to have been the setting for Helen Hunt Jackson’s popular 1884 novel Ramona.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Perry Mason house
The house is located at 1415 Bank Street in South Pasadena.

Built in 1923, this property is actually an apartment community.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Della's home, The Boyle-Barmore House, is located at 1317 Alvarado Terrace within Los Angeles' Pico-Union District.

Built in 1887, this historic residence is a prime example of Victorian architecture and has been designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Cabrillo Beach Bath house
The beach in episode five is Cabrillo Beach, featuring the historic 1932 Mediterranean-style Bath House in the background.

The Bath House, dating from 1932, was restored to its former glory in 2002.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Perry Mason drehort
The dam in the season finale and the seventh episode of season two is the nearly 100-year-old dam Devil's Gate Reservoir in La CaƱada Flintridge.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Finale scene
The last scenes were shot in Coastal San Pedro. The bar is Walker's Cafe at Point Fermin Park.

Perry and Sister Alice are standing on a cliff next to the Pacific Ocean, with Point Fermin jutting out into the sea.

This location is situated near the stairway to the ocean at Wilders Addition Park, also in San Pedro.
Image courtesy of HBO - Coffee bar / Cliff

The new season two locations

Perry Mason second season locations
This house in Chapter Nine is the historic Los Altos Apartments at 4121 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Built in 1926, this property was designed to be one of the most Luxurious apartment homes in the city.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Chester Williams Building
The scene pictured was filmed at the 12-story Beaux-Arts style Chester Williams Building at 215 West 5th Street in Downtown Los Angeles.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Adamson House Museum
The Adamson House Museum is a gorgeous Mediterranean Revival-style mansion in Malibu.

Featuring magnificent decorative ceramic tiles and gardens, the house is open to public for visiting.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Azria estate
The mansion with the pool in the third episode is the splendid Azria estate in Holmby Hills.

Built in 1939 by iconic California architect Paul R. Williams, this $85 Million property boasts 17 bedrooms and 25 baths.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
The school is the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, located at 540 South Commonwealth Avenue.

This English Gothic Revival-style building was completed in 1932.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Santa Anita Park
The horse racing track is Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.

Opened in 1934, this one-mile oval racetrack with an elaborate grandstand is home to numerous prestigious races.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Season two filming locations
Anita's Palms Springs hideaway in the fourth episode is the Franz Hederer Hacienda in West Hills.

Built in 1933 and designed to mimic the style of some California missions, the property is for sale for about $10 million.

The interior features a beautiful library and many historical artifacts.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Mc Cutcheon Stadium
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum served as the McCutcheon Stadium in the fifth episode.

Built in 1923, the Coliseum has hosted numerous major events throughout its history, including two Summer Olympics (in 1932 and 1984).
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
The scene pictured was filmed at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument square.

This place was the birthplace of the city of Los Angeles and is often referred to as the "birthplace of California".
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

LAPD Museum in Highland Park
The jail in the series finale looks like the Los Angeles Police Museum in Highland Park.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

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  1. The interiors of the church are the Embassy Hotel / Trinity Auditorium at 851 S Grand Ave

  2. Any idea where the casino scenes in episode 3 were filmed?

    1. It sure looked like the Oasis in Death Valley

  3. The dam is Devil's Gate Dam located upstream from the Rose Bowl and downstream from JPL between Pasadena and La Canada. It can be viewed from Woodbury Rd. Water behind it is CGI.

  4. The golf course where they found the dead body in Ep. 4 looks like River Ridge in Oxnard. Anybody know for sure?

    1. I thought it was scholl canyon in Glendale

    2. I thought it was #10 at Hansen Dam

    3. Looks like #2 at the old Mountain View Golf Course in Santa Paula.

    4. It's Scholl Canyon hole #4

  5. Where are the homes of sister Alice, EB, Perry, Emily filmed. Thanks !

  6. I believe the Dodson home was filmed in Pasadena, on Madison at N. Los Robles Ave.

  7. The bungalow court was filmed on Bank St. in South Pasadena

    1. Note that this is not referring to the court where Paul and family reside--the court on Bank St. is Spanish Colonial Revival and I think it was used in another scene.

  8. Can somebody tell me where is the farm located? Looks like Ventura County perhaps?

  9. Anyone know where were the golf course scenes shot?

  10. The restaurant where Perry and Pete have dinner in ep 3 is Musso & Frank, in Hollywood.

  11. Much more of Perry Mason was filmed in San Pedro besides 6th and 7th Street and Cabrillo Beach... including the finale. On 12/9/2019 filming was done in a 12-hour period at Point Fermin Park and Walker's Cafe (700 West Paseo Del Mar), along with at least 3 different locales nearby. In the last 5 minutes of the final episode, Walker's Cafe stood-in for the cafe in Carmel, CA where Perry sees Sister Alice; and less than a mile west the following scene (after that cafe) is with Perry and Sister Alice (in the series final scenes!) standing on a cliff next to the Pacific Ocean, with Point Fermin jutting out into the Pacific Ocean in the mist. That location is at Wilder's Addition Park (very small; right next to West Paseo Del Mar (inland), still in San Pedro.

    1. Also the Point Fermin Park bandstand where Pete Strickland met the juror in episode 8

  12. The restaurant in episode 1, where Perry follows Emily Dodson and does the reverse phone number search, is also Musso & Frank. The "Old Room". They allegedly have the oldest pay phone in LA.

  13. Where is E. B. Jonathan buried? Thanks.

  14. Where was the scene filmed where Sister Alice ran away located?

    1. The scene was shot on N. Oakland Avenue in the Orange Heights-Barnhart Tracts National Register Historic District in Pasadena.

  15. Where was Perry's house and the air strip filmed?

  16. The home of Herman Baggerly is the former Fenyes Mansion in Pasadena. Now the Pasadena Museum of History.

  17. The boarding house where Della lives in both seasons is The Boyle-Barmore House at 1317 Alvarado Terrace in Los Angeles’ Pico-Union District.
    (full article with pictures of the interior and changes made for the show here:

  18. Anita's "Palms Springs" hideaway is actually where?

    1. Looks like someone on Reddit found it: https://www.reddit.com/r/Perry_Mason/comments/126zycj/where_is_this_house_from_s2e4_00610/jf3qia5/

      Woodlake Avenue, West Hills, CA 91307

      And it can be yours for just under $10 mil - https://www.compass.com/listing/woodlake-avenue-west-hills-ca-91307/1255949796275431617/

  19. Some scenes looked like Two Bunch Palms.

    I think the jail scenes in the final episode of season two were shot at the LAPD Museum in Highland Park.

  20. What is the location of Phippsy's house where Paul Drake's wife pretended to be a Jehovah's Witness?

    1. I too, would like to know the answer to this. I am pretty sure that I saw it on a historical home tour of Pasadena

  21. The scenes of Perry riding his motorcycle to pick up his son at school are the outer and inner courtyards at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles at Sixth and Commonwealth.

  22. Where is the bungalow court where Paul Drake lives?

  23. Pretty sure that the fancy party charity-do in season 2 with the big tree is the Fairmont-Miramar in Santa Monica.

    Hotel Fairmont-Miramar for fancy charity do at the beginning of season two, no? The one with the giant tree.


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