Here’s another 50th-anniversary event to add to the growing list of Star Trek hoopla, and it might be the coolest one yet: a chance to tour the Star Trek: The Original Series set exactly as it appeared in 1966, thanks to the amazingly precise recreation efforts of Trek megafan James Cawley.
Cawley will open his labor of love for tours starting July 30, the end result of nearly 20 years of work. According to the Star Trek: The Original Series tour website:
Recreated exactly as they were laid out on the “Desilu” (now Paramount Pictures) Stage 9 in Hollywood for the original run of Star Trek, guests will be able to step onto the soundstage and be transported directly back to 1966. Starting this July, visitors can receive guided tours, photo opportunities and an immersive experience into the world of the classic television series.
A true franchise fan, Cawley began creating the sets in 1997 after receiving a copy of the original set blueprints from Star Trek: The Original SeriesTOS costume designer William Ware Theiss. From there he spent 15 years researching, crafting, and refining his set replicas alongside other dedicated fans and craftspeople. Cawley was joined on the project by Star Trek alumni and fellow fans including prop fabricator Ed Miarecki and concept designer and SFX supervisor Daren R. Dochterman.
Studying stills and frame captures from the series and sourcing vintage materials and antiques, Cawley ensured even the smallest details were accurately and lovingly reproduced including an array of props and set decorations. The result is a stunning achievement offering the most complete and accurate reproduction of the original standing sets from Star Trek: The Original Series.
That sounds awesome and well worth the trek (sorry) all the way to Ticonderoga, New York. The tour’s website is somewhat low on information at the moment, but check it out as the opening nears for more updates.