Columbia Square Studios
Home of The Real World: Hollywood
6121 West Sunset Boulevard, Studios B/C
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Columbia Square Studios Information:
The 25,000 square foot, Studios B/C building is located within the Columbia Square complex in the heart of Gower Gulch. The low-rise campus was designed by Swiss-born architect William Lescaze in the style of International Modernism. Built over a year at a cost of two million dollars, it was more money than had ever been spent on a broadcasting facility at the time.
Opening on April 30, 1938, Columbia Square was the home of the CBS Los Angeles radio and television operations from 1938 until 2007. The Square's original configuration included eight studios and an auditorium capable of seating 1,050 audience members. The complex included Brittingham's Radio Center Restaurant and a Bank of America branch. On April 21, 2007, KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV left the building and moved their operations to the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, ending Columbia Square's status as a broadcast facility, one of the very few remaining in Hollywood.
Located in the northeast corner of Columbia Square, the set was built in the Studios B/C building for the filming of the series. For the first time ever, the Real World House was environmentally "green" including solar energy solutions, bamboo flooring, recycled glass counters, sustainable furniture, recycled vintage decor, energy star appliances, solar heated swimming pool and energy efficient lighting. Columbia Square is located 24.3 miles from the Venice Beach House, used in the filming of the second season.
In 2012, the property was purchased by Kilroy Realty for $138 million. In late 2008/early 2009, the set from The Real World was slightly modified and used to film VH1's Confessions of a Teen Idol. The 4.7 acre site has since been redeveloped into a 6 building, 735,000 square foot mixed-use development with office, retail and residential.
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Columbia Square Visit, February 2012
Front Gate, North Side, Yard
Columbia Square Visit, December 2007
Front Gate, North Gower Street Side, North Side
Front Gate, Yard
Basketball Court, Billiard Room, Front Door, Front Gate, Garage, Gym, Outdoor Bar, Pool, Spa
Bathroom, Blue Bedroom, Confessional Room, Control Room, Hallway, Kitchen, Library, Living Room, Motel, Office, Phone Room, Purple Bedroom, Red Bedroom
August/September - December 5, 2007
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