Shadows Of An Afternoon
Punta Gorda, Florida

Photos and commentary by Dave Morrison


Gazebo View - 1963
Gazebo View - 1963


Gazebo View - 2009
Gazebo View - 2009

Gazebo View

This was an interesting site and is the opening shot of the episode. The street signs were fake. To duplicate this shot, I raised my camera on a monopod to approximate the viewing angle we see in the opening establishing shot.

We are standing on the corner of Harvey Street and W. Marion Ave. looking SW along Harvey toward the house where Linc and Tod stayed during this episode. The house is still standing at 211 Harvey. The gazebo, according to my research, was in existence before the filming began and was sitting where the foreground house is now located.

The garden used in the filming was planted by a Mrs. Cecil Bryant Quednau of Punta Gorda.

211 Harvey - 1963
211 Harvey - 1963


211 Harvey - 2009
211 Harvey - 2009

211 Harvey St.

Tod walked to several houses in the Punta Gorda neighborhood as he tried to find witnesses who could help prove Linc's innocence in the alleged dog maiming. This house is diagonally across the street from the house they were renting (211 Harvey St.) during their stay.

Bowers House - 1963
Bowers House - 1963


Bowers House - 2009
Bowers House - 2009

Bowers House

Linc approaches the front door of Mrs. Bowers' house. He goes there to say goodbye as he and Tod are leaving town.

This house was built in 1902 by John and Emma Hancock and has been known over the years as the Hancock House and the Leach House. It has aged nicely and now has a garage on the right side of the structure. It is located at 412 W. Marion Ave. and is around the corner from the gazebo location.

Courthouse Front - 1963
Courthouse Front - 1963


Courthouse Front - 2009
Courthouse Front - 2009

Courthouse

This will take some explanation. The courthouse we see in the episode in 1962 is not the courthouse we see today. The original courthouse was built in 1928 and is seen in these postcard images in its original configuration (be patient; slow server on this site):

Charlotte County Courthouse Post Card (1)
Charlotte County Courthouse Post Card (2)

Somewhere in the late '50s, a new facade was added to the front and sides of the courthouse completely covering the original columned front and adding a Sheriff's office and the jail cells where Linc was held. This is the version of the building we see in the episode.

According to locals, this redesign was well intentioned but ultimately ended up turning the courthouse into a "sick" building with poor air circulation. In a city so close to the water, humidity is a major problem. So, after the new Justice Center was built several blocks away, the old courthouse wasn't needed any longer. So, in 2003, the 1950s facade was torn down and the courthouse was restored to its original design. Here's a shot during the demolition of the facade:

Courthouse Restoration Begins

Fast forward to the summer of 2004 and Punta Gorda suffers a direct hit from Hurricane Charley. This storm wiped out many of the buildings we see in the episode including most of the ones visible in the background of this shot.

Courthouse Side - 1963
Courthouse Side - 1963


Courthouse Side - 2009
Courthouse Side - 2009

Courthouse Side

If you look carefully at the upper right corner of the stillframe from the show, you can see the round medallion of the original courthouse building. This same medallion is visible in the new photo and gives you a reference as to how much was added to the front of the original building (and later removed).

This view is from W. Olympia Ave. looking north.

328 Goldstein - 1963
328 Goldstein - 1963


328 Goldstein - 2009
328 Goldstein - 2009

Tod Looking For Witnesses

Tod continues looking for witnesses in the neighborhood and is approaching the house at the corner of W. Virginia and Goldstein. This is the house where to two little girls were playing in the yard.

Note the loss of all the trees along W. Virginia Ave., the filling in of the drainage ditch and the missing houses. I'm not sure which of these were lost to Hurricane Charley or to urban renewal.

Girl's Yard - 1963
Girl's Yard - 1963


Girl's Yard - 2009
Girl's Yard - 2009

Girl's Yard

This house (328 Goldstein Street, at the corner of W. Virginia Ave. and Goldstein) is where the two little girls were playing in the yard.

The chainlink fence, which played a pivotal role in this episode, is gone and was replaced by a white picket-style fence. I couldn't match the exact angle seen in the show due to the overgrown shrubbery which obscured the house completely if viewed from the same angle. The ironwork and railings on the porch still survive.

Here's another view of the house in Sept. of 1991 when the chainlink fence was still in place:

House at 328 Goldstein Street

House Opposite Bowers - 1963
House Opposite Bowers - 1963


House Opposite Bowers - 2009
House Opposite Bowers - 2009

House opposite Bowers

Tod and Linc park across the street from Mrs. Bowers' house as they prepare to leave Punta Gorda. This house is at 415 W. Marion and has had some updates over the years. The original jalousie windows (VERY popular here in Florida years ago) were replaced with awning windows.

Rental House - 1963
Rental House - 1963


Rental House - 2009
Rental House - 2009

The Rental House

Finding this house really tied together all the other shots in this episode. Here, we see actress Kathryn Hays ("Judy") entering the porch of Tod and Linc's rental house at 211 Harvey Street. Apart from some slight changes to the woodwork and screening, the porch remains unchanged.

I wanted to visit the inside of the house, but the owners were away. But, I'll visit again soon and might have some shots of the interiors.

City Hall - 1963
City Hall - 1963


City Hall - 2009
City Hall - 2009

City Hall

This is the scene where Tod and Linc are driving away from their rental house on Harvey Street. Through the trees, you can see the original City Hall which is still standing and in use. They turn left (West) on Marion. This is also the sidewalk where the protestors march in front of their house.

Phone Company - 1963
Phone Company - 1963


Phone Company - 2009
Phone Company - 2009

Phone Company

This is pretty silly, but I was studying the shot of the reporter looking through the back window of the police car as he tried to get the dog's attention, and there was an odd looking structure visible in the background across the street (W. Olympia Ave.). Just to the right of the head of the person walking away from the scene is a metal framework. It was attached to the original phone company offices and is still there today.

I also believe that you are seeing a reflection of the Route 66 production van/trailer in the window of the police car (bottom right).

Editor's note: The trailer is most likely the one used as Milner's and Maharis's dressing rooms which can be seen in a 1961 photo by a Kinsman resident on the "Welcome to Amity" extras page - and below.

Reporter Runs - 1963
Reporter Runs - 1963


Reporter Runs - 2009
Reporter Runs - 2009

Reporter Runs

One of the fascinating things about this episode was the proximity of all the filming locations. The location scout must have been very happy as all the sites he needed for the story were within a few blocks of each other.

In this example, our intrepid reporter is seen running out of the south side of the courthouse and down the sidewalk east toward the actual Charlotte Herald newspaper office (originally 114 W. Olympia Ave.). The original newspaper changed ownership a few times and this building along with the Masonic Lodge (seen briefly in this scene) were abandoned and finally demolished sometime in the '80s.

Behind the running reporter, you can see a large two-story white frame structure known locally as the Hector House where Punta Gorda's papers of incorporation were signed. It's gone now and was replaced by a parking lot.

Here is a photo taken in 2004 showing the area where the Masonic Lodge and the Herald building were located. It was taken from across Olympia looking NW toward the backside of the courthouse:

Rear View of Old Charlotte County Courthouse Damage After Hurricane Charley

The construction materials you see in this street view (behind the courthouse) were used to build a parking garage structure that covers most of this block today.

Taylor St. Looking North - 1963
Taylor St. Looking North - 1963


Taylor St. Looking North - 2009
Taylor St. Looking North - 2009

Taylor St. Looking North

Very little is left standing on this street apart from the courthouse. We are standing directly in front of the courthouse looking north on Taylor Street. The tan building you see on the right is visible in the episode screenshot and is sitting behind the first building you see at the right edge of the frame.

All the old structures you see on the left are gone including the offices where Tod, Linc and Judy go to visit Attorney Parker Smith (Ralph Meeker) who represented Linc at the trial. Oddly enough, there is still an attorney's office on that site today.

Finally, I'd like to acknowledge the help of the Charlotte County (Fla.) Historical Center and specifically Linda Coleman and Lynn Harrell. Lynn has lived in Punta Gorda for more than 50 years and was a huge help with tracking down the history of most of these filming sites. She worked in several of the buildings seen in these photos and I couldn't have done these descriptions without her help.

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