Thursday, March 31, 2011

Up Close: The Studio

We'll wrap up these eight "up close" days with a look at the studio itself. Outside the building, passersby are met by the Fredasaurus Rex Friday XIII dinosaur.

While I had seen many pictures of Fredasaurus Rex, I had never known that the Trolley can be found on its tail.

Inside the building, a sign marks the entrance to the Fred Rogers Studio.

It is inside the doors to this studio where Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was filmed.

The picture below represents a story that many people know, but many people likely do not. Throughout the production of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the studio floor was painted with the pattern of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe paths. As production of the program ceased, the studio floor was painted black -- all but one small rectangle left as a lasting tribute to Fred Rogers and his Neighborhood.

PLEASE NOTE: While WQED will occasionally open its doors to the public, at this time WQED and the Fred Rogers Company do not provide public tours. Please do not interpret this or any other blog posts as an open invitation to contact them with such a request.

3 comments:

Jen said...

I didn't know that story!!! That picture is priceless. I am so glad they saved a square :)

Aaron Schuelke said...

I take it the Platypus Mound wasn't on display anywhere? Interesting. Maybe because Fred didn't voice them?

TL said...

Aaron -- It wasn't out and I didn't think to ask. I assume that it is probably in storage somewhere.