So what about my favorite shot of this episode? You know it well, I’m sure…
So cool! But where exactly was this shot taken from?
Vintage photos, current photos, and episode photos lead me to a conclusion that the rooftop shot was done facing north – atop one of the two-story research and development buildings.
Note that when the Landing Party first arrives on the planet, there are a few telltale signs about what’s to come.
(And if you look just to the right of Scotty in the episode, you can see cars zipping along Marine Avenue in the background!)
Note the large tree up against one of the research and development buildings, and the rooftop fencing.
I believe that same tree is still in place – although much bigger and taller after more than 50 years of growth.
This 1961 photo (six years before the episode would be filmed) offers a few other clues. Notice the placement of the sculptures in the fountain (different than what exists in the space today) noted by the red arrow.
The blue arrow points out the back of the Employee Cafeteria building (and its sunken patio.)
And look at the tiny sliver of the two-story Research building and that white fencing visible in my “favorite shot.”