Visit the Famous Mork and Mindy House

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Here’s where the aliens hang out in Boulder.

This famous house, at 1619 Pine St., just a few blocks from the Pearl Street Mall, is a popular attraction in Boulder, particularly for fans of the 1970s sitcom “Mork and Mindy.” It was the character Mindy’s house.

Although a few details have changed since the filming — the shutters were upgraded, the trees have grown (of course) and the iron fence is now a white wooden fence — you can still stop by to say, “Nanu nanu” and pay your respects to late actor Robin Williams, who played the alien character Mork.

In case you missed it or want a refresher, the premise of the show was simple: Williams played an alien from the planet Ork who met a University of Colorado student (Mindy, played by Pam Dawber). Spoiler: They eventually fell in love, got married and had a child. (Can it be a spoiler if the show’s 40 years old?)

As the storyline went, while on Earth, Mork observed and tried to understand human behavior and fit in. Where he was from, humor was not allowed. Which, of course, was hilarious. Especially coming from an actor like Williams. In fact, “Mork and Mindy” really kickstarted his career. So, since he died in 2014, the house has become a hot destination for his fans.

“Mork and Mindy” ran through 1982.

The show was based in Boulder, although it was filmed in California on a set in front of a live audience. Shots of the house (as well as the Pearl Street Mall and campus) were used occasionally to set the scene, although the show wasn’t actually filmed inside. The real address, 1619 Pine St., actually appeared in one of the episodes, “Mork Goes Public.”

Today, the so-called Mork and Mindy House is occupied; someone lives here. It’s not a museum, and you can’t go inside. But the residents don’t tend to mind respectful visits, shots of the exterior and selfies by fans. Just stay on the sidewalk and don’t violate their privacy. Enjoy the colorful flowers from a distance. The house has been beautifully maintained.

The seven-bedroom, 3,818-square-foot house was last sold in the ‘70s, around the time of the “Mork and Mindy” filming, for just $80,000. Today, Zillow estimates its value is more than $2.3 million. But settle down, die-hard fans. It’s not on the market.

The house is in Boulder’s historic Whittier neighborhood, an area of town lined with Victorian mansions. The Mork and Mindy House, built in 1900, is still one of Boulder’s points of interest. Whittier is well-known for its red-brick school, Whittier Elementary, which claims to be the oldest continually operating school in the state. It was built in 1882. Make sure you set aside some time to stroll through the stunning Whittier streets after you get your obligatory selfie in front of the house and call out a few “Nanus.”

Did You Know?

Two lesser-known claims to fame for the Mork and Mindy House: The exterior was also used in season five of the show “Perfect Strangers,” in episode 21, “This Old House.” In this moment of stardom, the house represented a fix-and-flip house picked up by the main characters Larry and Balki. Some think this house re-appeared as the house they moved into during the last two seasons, but it was not.

In addition, the famous Pine Street House is said to have appeared on multiple episodes of the show “Family Matters.”

See photos and read stories about visits to the Mork and Mindy here.

25 Responses

  1. It’s inappropriate to print the house address in your publication. Do you realize that people actually live there? It’s been a pain in the @ss for anyone who has lived there over the years. Idiot tourons lurking around the property, knocking on the door, people would actually walk INSIDE the house when the door was unlocked. I worked for the Chamber of Commerce years ago and we did not give out the address. I won’t be promoting your site or mag on Trip Advisor any longer.

    1. Mindy, I appreciate you bringing your concern to our attention. As a result, I brought this to our editorial team. Apparently, the address of the Mork and Mindy House is public knowledge. I did my own quick google search by simply putting in “Mork and Mindy house” and the address came up everywhere. We are not sharing anything private that is not already widely publicized. It is also known that the owners have been accommodating to the visits. I hope this information is helpful.

      1. Part of the issues is saying “you can still stop by to say, ‘Nanu nanu’ ” which of course, please don’t. The common editorial information that “this is a private residence so please don’t disturb the residents” would go a long way to improving this piece.

        1. You are spot on about this. I worked in the home doing some time ago doing remodeling and can assure you that the lady owner is soooo “over it”. You may notice that all the lower front windows ALL have curtains or coverings because she is tired of all the tourists taking photos.

        2. Mindy is one of those folks who thinks she’s always smarter than everyone else, and is the only one who can see things that all others cannot. She likes very much to hear herself talk, and gets enormous pleasure putting down others because it makes her feel special. Bottom line- she’s an annoying pain in the rear to anyone who crosses paths with her. Worst thing is has forums like this to broadcast her stupidity broadly.

    2. Just in case you didn’t realize, the real address of the house is actually given out in the show itself, by both main characters, a couple of times. Any fan of the show knows it.

    3. As someone who has worked hospitality in Boulder close to that house, it’s on every concierge’s list of things to do in the area. It’s not irresponsible that the address is posted. I get asked where it is at least 3x a week.

  2. Jill is correct here Mindy (although I do understand your position). However, its unfair to try & beat up or protest the messenger here, when this address is part of public domain & has been for decades. Our family was in Boulder this past weekend 4/23/19 (visiting from B’ham, AL), and it’s almost impossible, to visit this area & not hear/read, about this popular tourist stop that is, less than a mile away, from world-class-shopping @ the famous Pearl Street Mall.

    Travel Boulder is providing a resource to the public, specific to this fair city & all of it’s beautiful surrounding area, and as evidenced by Jill’s humbling response, it’s obvious that, this resource is both caring & sensitive to their readers feedback.

    Btw, every residential or business address, ever featured in virtually any film, many of them dating back to the 30’s & before, are listed for public consumption (under the line-item heading: Filming Locations:) at IMDb.com and/or their very popular & robust app…

  3. Mindy, if the people who bought the house were so concerned about there curb privacy they shouldn’t have bought the house in the first place I’m sure they knew the Hollywood history of the house as for the rest of the neighborhood c’est la vie

  4. Does anyone remember the name of the famous Brewery that is named specifically in the famous Pearl Street Shopping Mall, as shown prominently at the Introduction to ‘Mork & Mindy’?

    Please reply!

    Thank you very much!

    Sincerely,
    Amit Kshirsagar
    1731 Weatherstone Drive
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
    (734) 834-3784

    1. I’m currently watching reruns of Mork and Mindy on Pluto. After reading your question I watched the intro very closely. Then I went to YouTube and watched the 3 different intros that the show had throughout the years. I have not seen any brewery shown prominently in any intro. I’ve seen the music store which is now an Athleta, and the Deli which is now a sushi restaurant. There is a brewery a few doors down from the show’s music store now that was opened in 2012 called West Flanders, but again it wasn’t featured in the intro. Sorry I couldn’t be help but that’s all I could find.

  5. Maybe don’t buy the house where several popular tv shows were filmed, if you can’t handle occasional curiosity seekers. Did you ever watch the show? Have you never heard of Google? Travel Boulder did not break this story…lol!

  6. Folks, what is most important here is Historic preservation. Boulder, and our nation, have lost tens of thousands of important historic structures, ships, opera houses, mansions, slave cabins, lost to indifference, neglect, demolition. Despite all the societies and organizations, we are still losing what makes our country look like our country.

    This home was cheap apartments, and threatened with demolition by neglect. Then an amazing couple, Bob and Prissy, bought it and renovated it, reducing the number of apartments. They retained a few so the home covered its own expenses, as they were not wealthy. They purchased a number of other homes nearby, to save them from serious neglect, and at least one from oncoming demolition.

    They had a major impact on the conservation of historic homes in Boulder, particularly in this neighborhood. Remember that, like Bob and Prissy, and the handful of people who founded Historic Boulder, a few determined people can make all the difference.

  7. One further comment. My family saved John Philip Sousa’s country house from demolition. Nobody payed attention to it until we began restoration, then local papers picked it up. We became a destination. People started stopping by, just because they admired Sousa, his marches, and out history. The vast majority were very nice people.

    We solved the problem of unexpected visitors easily. We simply posted a notice on the gate telling people that the home was only open as a benefit to the local historical society, which it was. Unexpected visits ONTO the property stopped. As I said, they were very nice people.

  8. One further comment. My family saved John Philip Sousa’s country house from probable demolition. Nobody paid attention to it until we began restoration, then local papers picked it up. We became a destination. People started stopping by, just because they admired Sousa, his marches, and our nation’s history. The vast majority were very nice people.

    We solved the problem of unexpected visitors easily. We simply posted a notice on the gate telling people that the home was only open as a benefit to the local historical society, which it was. Unexpected visits ONTO the property stopped. As I said, they were very nice people.

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