S02-The Brownstone

The Brownstone Elementary intertitle Residence
Location: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S. — First Appearance: "Pilot"

Last week, a violent criminal infiltrated this Brownstone while I wasn't here. Hmm? How? You opened the door for him.
— Holmes to Watson, "Details".

S03E03-Brownstone face
Brownstone carving.
The Brownstone is a residence located in New York City at 42 Stanford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11209. ("We Are Everyone") It is home to Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson and was owned by Sherlock's father Morland until willed to Sherlock. ("The Visions of Norman P. Horowitz") The house consists of four floors, including a basement, and a terrace on the roof. The roof has a view of Queensboro Bridge and Manhattan, and is also where Sherlock keeps his bees. Its first appearance is in the Season One episode "Pilot".




  • Watson establishes an office in the basement and initially, nails the inside door shut so that that it is only accessible by the outside door. ("When Your Number's Up") Holmes helps himself to Watson's office and stores items in the basement such as his "box of swords". ("The Adventures of Ersatz Sobekneferu") There's also a motorcycle stored under the stairs.

First Floor

  • The library and several work rooms are on the first floor.
  • Holmes has a hiding place in the bricks of the hearth of the fireplace. He's hidden a file on Kitty ("The Five Orange Pipz") and a ring that belonged to his mother May there. ("Turn It Upside Down")
  • He's also hidden cameras inside of books in the library ("M.") and hidden drugs in the book "A Library of Poetry and Song" by William Bryant. ("The Man With the Twisted Lip")
  • Various weapons are hidden in the library. ("M.") He also keeps a knife hidden by the front door. ("On the Line")

Second Floor

Third Floor

  • Watson's bedroom, a workroom, media room and bathroom are on the third floor.

Back Door


Behind the Scenes

  • Although the Brownstone is in Brooklyn on the show, the outside of the building is shot in Harlem, New York City, with interiors shot at Silvercup Studios in Queens.[1][2][3] The roof is a real rooftop in New York City and is located on a parking garage at the corner of 10th St & 44th Av.[4][5]
  • The Brownstone is also seen on W 121st Street (near the intersection with Malcolm X Blvd), just around the corner from "Owens Funeral Home" in Harlem. ("Wrong Side of the Road")



  1. Taylor, Chuck (July 16, 2012). "‘Elementary’ Set In Brooklyn Heights, Filmed In Harlem". Brooklyn Heights Blog. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  2. Yuan, Jada (September 27, 2012). "Lucy Liu on Elementary and That Other Sherlock Show Starring Benedict Cumberbatch". Vulture. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  3. Silvercup Studios. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  4. As seen at the end of "Heroine"
  5. Elementary Writers (@ELEMENTARYStaff). "It's a real rooftop in NYC." November 30, 2012.
Elementary intertitle Elementary Locations
11th PrecinctThe BrownstoneDiogenesHemdaleMorgueMorland's officeNewgateScotland YardSing SingWatson's apartment

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