The Mork and Mindy House

by housefixe on October 12, 2011

One of the houses I was always fascinated by was the “Mork and Mindy” house.  The show ran for four seasons on ABC, from 1978 through 1982.  The exterior shots of the house where Mork and Mindy lived in an upstairs apartment were of a real house located at 1619 Pine Street in Boulder, CO, which is still one of the most popular landmarks in Boulder.  Here is a photo of the house as it looked in 2010, courtesy of the Love Boulder blog:

Mork and Mindy house 2010

I moved to Boulder in the fall of 1980 with my then husband, and of course had to have a picture to show I was there.  That picture is somewhere in a box (I recently moved to Charleston, SC with my forever husband, and while I saw the photo when packing, I cannot for the life of me find it now.  I’ll update this post when I do!)  In the meantime, enjoy some more photos of the house in its “older” days and some interior shots from the show.

The photo on the left is house as it looked in 2006, while the one on the right shows the house after some storm damage and was posted by an actual former tenant of one of the apartments in the house back in 1969.

To the right is how the house appeared in the opening shots for the show in 1978.

Unfortunately, I could not find even ONE photo of the actual interior of the house on Pine Street, since according to Zillow.com, the house has not been on the market since 1974, when it sold for just $80,000.  The house was built in 1920 and is 3,818 SF with 7 BRs, 4 baths, and is still listed as a multi-family property worth an estimate of $1.14 million.

In lieu of interior photos of the property, here are some video screen captures from the Mork and Mindy show (ah, nostalgia):

The living room, where most of the action for the show took place.  In the back of the shot is the main entrance to the apartment.  The kitchen/dining area is to the left, behind the sideboard next to Mork are the drop-down stairs that lead to Mork’s room, and to the right is the door to Mindy’s room.

Mork and Mindy living room

The kitchen and dining area:

Mork coming down the stairs from his room into the foyer area (left), and the entrance to the main bedroom.

The main bedroom was decorated very traditionally, and had a nice little master bath.  These screen shots are from an episode after Mork and Mindy married … TV shows were much more conventional back then.  ;)

Have a TV house you’d like to know more about?  Just let me know!

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Erick Claytor April 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Thanks for this story about the Mork & Mindy house. My father, James F. Claytor was the art director on Mork & Mindy and designed the interior for the show. He always liked this house and design. Thanks for bringing back some nice memories.

~erick

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housefixe April 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm

You’re very welcome, Erick! I’m so glad it brought back those memories for you. :)

Deb

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Aly May 20, 2012 at 3:01 am

I moved to Boulder almost 30 years ago and was disappointed with the very anti climatic Mork and Mindy house.

Guess it was just the Boulder cache at the time.

On a scale of 1 to 10, Boulder is a 4 1/2 at best, as far as historic homes and districts go.

Charleston is truly lovely. My daughter and husband reside in Beaufort, SC, so I get to explore there often now.

Some of my very favorite street by street explorations have been in San Fran, of course, Charleston, Beaufort, Savannah, Galveston, San Antonio, New Orleans, Biloxi and Boston. Salt Lake, Denver, Ft. Collins and Boulder…ach…not so magical for me. A few “oil mansions” in Oklahoma from my childhood, but most of those are torn down or rotted from neglect.

For some reason, I enjoy viewing the “Ruins Of Detroit”…don’t want to do any self introspection as to why, however….

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housefixe May 20, 2012 at 10:23 am

I do agree about Boulder, Aly. I only lived there for about 4 months at that time (I was 22 and SO homesick being that far away from my family). The best part about it was definitely the mountains and scenic views. And while I’m coming up on one year here in Charleston, I can honestly say I’m still enamored. When you find yourself visiting again, get in touch and perhaps we can meet up!

Deb

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ann September 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Is the Mork and Mindy house the one used in Groundhog Day?

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housefixe September 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Though both are Victorian style, the house used in Groundhog Day is in Woodstock, IL: http://www.wolfstad.com/2009/01/woodstock-bed-and-breakfast-from-groundhog-day/

It wasn’t a bed and breakfast at the time, but it is now: http://www.royalvictorianmanor.com/

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