Inside 221B

Google Street View has officially become our Fairy Godmother making all our dreams come true. *alright, probably not all our dreams but still they did something really cool*

You can now take a closer peek at the oh so famous 221B apartment! All you have to do is go to Google Maps, search up 187 N. Gower St, London, click on the little street view guy, drop him over Speedy’s and voilà! Your eyes will be blessed with a detailed look of the set!

Here’s a direct link that will take you there:

GO INSIDE 221B

What’s your favourite thing about the apartment? Mine has to be…well…everything really…after all I named a blog after it.

Dr Watson says in a Study In Scarlet:

“We met next day as he had arranged, and inspected the rooms at No. 221B, Baker Street, of which he had spoken at our meeting. They consisted of a couple of comfortable bed-rooms and a single large airy sitting-room, cheerfully furnished, and illuminated by two broad windows.”

And here are some other details regarding the apartment, listed by Russell Stutler (the man who has drawn a very famous illustration of 221B Baker Street) who has apparently studied the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle very thoroughly:

A Study in Scarlet
a couple of bedrooms
large airy sitting room
two broad windows
sofa in sitting room
arm chair
table for dinner
stairs going down to the street level
Holmes’ door at top of stairs
also a passage at the top of the stairs
landlady passes their door to go to bed

The Sign of Four
cocaine bottle on corner of mantlepiece
velvet lined arm chair
gasogene and spirit case in corner
seventeen steps
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room

A Scandal in Bohemia
gasogene and spirit case in corner
seventeen steps

The Five Orange Pips
chairs on either side of the fireplace
lamp by Holmes’ chair
coat hook
side board
shelf next to Watson’s chair containing the American Encyclopedia
cupboard containing oranges
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Pipe rack within reach on the right of the sofa
wooden chair
basket chair

The Adventure of the Speckled Band
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room and it has a mantlepiece with a clock

The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
two easy chairs
line of reference books beside the mantlepiece.

The Adventure of the Beryl Cornet
one bow window
window big enough for Watson to stand in
window big enough for Holmes to look over Watson’s shoulder and see the street below
Holmes’ chamber is upstairs of the sitting room
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room

The Musgrave Ritual
coal scuttle
Persian slipper
letters stuck to the center of the mantlepiece by a jack knife
“V.R.” in bullet holes on the wall opposite Holmes’ arm chair
chemicals and criminal relics
bundles of manuscript in every corner which were on no account to be burned, and which could not be put away save by their owner
stool
large tin box in Holmes’ bedroom.

The Resident Patient (also in The Adventure of the Cardboard Box)
framed picture of General Gordon with a corresponding bare space
unframed picture of Henry Ward Beecher which stands on top of Watson’s books
Watson could see these from his chair
Holmes could see Watson’s face from his position curled upon the sofa

The Adventure of the Priory School
bearskin hearthrug near the table
table was between the hearthrug and the door

The Adventure of Black Peter
a room just off the sitting room

The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
lumber room upstairs of the sitting room which was packed with daily papers

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Holmes’ chair at the breakfast table faces away from the hearthrug
the sofa is a settee
Watson has a small medical shelf of books placed high

The Adventure of the Dying Detective
Holmes’ bedroom had pictures of celebrated criminals adorning every wall
black and white ivory box on mantlepiece
space behind the head of the bed large enough to allow Watson to hide

The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
scientific charts on the wall
acid-charred bench of chemicals
violin case leaning in corner
coal scuttle containing pipes and tobacco
waiting room downstairs
bow window alcove large enough to hold a chair
curtain in front of this alcove
Holmes’ bedroom is just off the sitting room*
second exit in Holmes’ bedroom
gramophone in Holmes’ bedroom
second door in Holmes’ bedroom leading to the bow window behind the curtain

The Adventure of the Three Gables
low arm chair on one side of the fire
another chair opposite it
table between door and Holmes’ chair

The Problem of Thor Bridge
back yard is visible from Watson’s room
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room

The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger
pile of commonplace books in the corner

* A note regarding the location of Holmes’ own bedroom: The Adventure of the Beryl Cornet implies that Holmes’ room (called his “chamber”) is on the floor above the sitting room while The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone clearly puts Holmes’ bedroom just off the sitting room where it communicates with the alcove of the bow window. If you need to reconcile these two descriptions you can assume that at some point in time, Holmes moved his bed down to the room next to the sitting room. This could be the same room just off the sitting room which had been used as a temporary waiting room in The Adventure of Black Peter . The room upstairs could then be used as a lumber room dedicated to Holmes’ stacks of newspapers and “bundles of manuscript … which were on no account to be burned, and which could not be put away save by their owner” as mentioned in the The Musgrave Ritual . The Adventure of the Six Napoleons does mention a lumber room upstairs packed with daily papers.

Visit http://www.stutler.cc/other/misc/baker_street.html for more 221B awesomeness.

Here’s the old version of the 221B illustration drawn by Russell Stutler (drawn in 1995):

221bbakerstreet

And that’s the new version from 2008:

221bbakerstreetnew

+ the illustration with notes: 221B illustration with notes

Neat, isn’t it?

Until next time, folks! Take care!

221bgggi

– Snowanna of 221B

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