The first Stuart Little movie, which was based on the classic book by E.B. White, came out in 1999, and I loved how colorful and creative the Little family’s house was.
It’s a New York City brownstone near Central Park, wedged tightly between much larger buildings on either side.
Let’s take a closer look at the sets they created for it!
The House from “Stuart Little”
Mr. and Mrs. Little go to an orphanage to adopt a brother for their only son George, but end up adopting a mouse named Stuart (voiced by Michael J. Fox) instead.
Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis played Stuart’s parents Frederick and Eleanor Little.
E.B. White, the author of “Stuart Little,” wrote the story in 1945.
The only clue he gave as to where the mouse and his family lived was in this line: “The home of the Little family was a pleasant place near a park in New York City. In the mornings, the sun streamed in through the east windows, and all the Littles were up early as a general rule.”
According to an article at 6 Sq Ft:
The real clues to the home’s location is from the Garth Williams’ illustrations.
Arlene Harrison, the Gramercy Park Block Association President, a.k.a the “Mayor of Gramercy Park,” and board member Sean Thomas Brady agree the Littles’ house must be 4 Gramercy Park West, a Greek Revival townhouse.
The Living Room:
The painting over the living room fireplace is “Sleeping Lady with Black Vase” by Hungarian painter Robert Bereny, which was thought to be lost since 1928.
It was bought by a set-designer as a prop for $500 at an antique shop in Pasadena.
When a researcher at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest watched the movie in 2009, he recognized it and it was “found” again!
The production designer was Bill Brzeski; the set decorator was Clay A. Griffith.
The Dining Room:
In the sequel, Stuart and George share a room with a unique bunkbed solution:
The top bunk has been designed as a room for Stuart within the big room:
Stuart has his own little sink and mirror in the bathroom:
The Green-Tiled Bathroom:
The Green and Yellow Kitchen:
The kitchen was barely shown in the first movie, but the sequel had several scenes in it.
The interior sets were created on a soundstage at Culver Studios in California.
As for the exterior of the charming little house in the movie, I could find no evidence that any such place really exists in New York.
From what I can tell by looking at the screenshots, I’m assuming it’s mostly “special effects.”
Visit my Houses Onscreen page to see the others I’ve featured, listed from A-Z.
Hudson Goods says
I am partial to New York, but I LOVE this house, the best! Thanks.
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Wonderful post, Julia!
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Lara Jane says
I took about a billion screencaps of this house, particularly the kitchen & boys’ room. It’s just so charming and so very Little.
Looks like they held out, and resisted the big developers! 🙂
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[email protected] says
Love this movie, love this house. Another fabulous feature! That kitchen is so fantastic
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I absolutely adore this house! I remember watching this in fifth grade and gushing over the house, dreaming of one day when I could own a house like it. I recently bought the movie because I love looking at the house so much! I’m so glad it was featured!
I love the rooftop terrace and the wonderful 40s kitchen!
I have watched this movie several times with my kids, yes I said several. haha But I never paid too much attention to the house. Shame on me!
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Things That Inspire says
Although this is a set, it is interesting to think about how homes must be in NYC – there are so many rooms that are windowless. In Atlanta, where the detached house is the norm, a windowless room is not very common, and usually occurs only in a basement. I noticed this in the Kip’s Bay showhouse too – there are just so many rooms that you can put in the front and the back.
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[email protected] in the Coconut says
Ahhh. This was my FAVORITE story as a little kid. (hee. little)
Charming and perfect little home.
Leave it to Julia!!
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Pam @ This Humble House says
Oh my goodness!! I LOVED the Little house in this movie!! Did you notice in the living room the paintings on each side of the fireplace are a mirror image of each other! So stinkin’ cute! Thanks for the trivia about M. Night Shyamalan! He’s one of my favorite movie-makers!
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How fun!! I haven’t seen these movies… and I do love a colorful cartoon house… so I’ll desfinitely add them to my “movie house must see” list. Thanks Julia!
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Josephine Tale Peddler says
Living in a very small house myself I love to see what’s possible! Charming and oozing with cuteness and savvy. Thanks for this post! xx
What a darling house–and Stuart’s pad in the sequel is just adorable. I love the attention to detail in this set!
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i am in love! I cant believe it is squished in there like that!
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Slowish Food says
Cute! I can’t wait to show my kids. They love this movie, and I love watching it with them because of that great house tucked in the middle of NY. 🙂
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I have been waiting for this one! I absolutely love this house. I am especially fond of the entry and kitchen. When I watch this movie I barely pay attention to what’s happening because I am so distracted by the sets. Thanks for featuring this one. Hugs, Pam
Great post! Thanks for sharing! Love that hidden door to the basement! 🙂
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[email protected] says
my kids also LOVED this movie!!
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When my daughter was young, I enjoyed decorating her dollhouse much more than she did–I am fascinated by the miniature room! I love the harlequin pattern over the stove in the kitchen. I did not see the movie and know Hugh Laurie only as the cynical but brilliant House–nice to see his other side!
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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says
So cute and just how I would expect it to look from the exterior. I forgot there was a sequel and only saw the first one. I’ll have to try and catch the second one, but I’ll probably be too busy looking at the interior shots that I won’t get the actual plot!
Thanks for picking an all time kid friendly movie. We love Stuart here at our house. I have seen and read this story over and over for years. Starting when I was a child reading one of the first editions of EB White’s book.
I have decided to jump on your wagon and feature a Stuart Little project my daughter did a couple of years ago. She loves that little mouse!
Thanks for taking the time to share Stuart’s home with everyone.
Pop over to see her project when you can!
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What a fun post!! I totally remember Geena Davis and Michael J. Fox in Stuart Little, but I had no idea that Hugh Laurie was the dad!!
So this is a real little house squeezed between the big boys and not CGI?? So cool!! It’s got so much character and loads of interesting details. If that kitchen was in any other house, I’d think ICK — but it’s perfect in the Stuart Little house 🙂
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What a hoot! Love this movie. But, no pics of the Little’s nasty little cat Snowbell? He about stole the show. 🙂 Thanks for the post.
Oh, no, I don’t think any of the house is “real.” I’m assuming the exterior is some sort of special effect. -Julia
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
I loved Stuart Little the book as a child. I’ve never seen the movie, but I bet my oldest would like it a lot. Stuart’s little “room” is so cute. It must have been fun to design for that movie. I like the kitchen a lot too!
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Jen @ After The Alter says
I love that you do this with the houses from movies! I always see movies and would like to recreate and get ideas but never know where to look . This is great! Have you ever done the house sin father of the bride 2?? I have been looking for pictures of that nursery and can’t find much!
Does it really exists? I’m so amazed with the Little’s house and want to know if it’s real. If so, could you give me the address?
Sadly, no. It’s all “movie magic.” -Julia