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'House of Cards' moves into Mount Vernon's Peabody Institute this week

$100-million Netflix production will be in the area filming big scene

By David Zurawik

The Baltimore Sun

1:46 PM EDT, July 16, 2012

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UPDATES WITH STREET CLOSINGS: "House of Cards"  is at Mount Vernon's Peabody Institute this week where the producers are expected to film one of the biggest scenes in the first 13 episodes of the series.

The $100 million Netflix production, which stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, will be filming at the Peabody starting Tuesday, according to Richard Selden, director of marketing and communication for the institute.

The crew and their Haddad's production trucks arrived in Mount Vernon today and took up residence around the perimeter of the square.

Filming will result in East Centre Street being closed between St. Paul and Charles Streets from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m Tuesday, and 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to a city spokeswoman.

While such scheduling is, of course, subject to change, a big crowd scene is scheduled to be filmed Wednesday night

The scene involves the characters played by Spacey and Wright exiting a Georgetown hotel where they encounter protesters.

As to how a night-time protest might play on campus, Selden wrote in an email, "Peabody is pretty quiet during the summer, but there will be 15 young bassoonists in the dorm for Bassoon Week and 50 seniors staying in the Peabody Inn on campus for an Elderhostel-type Piano Camp.  The seniors will be given eye masks and earplugs so they can Sleep like a Movie Star."

Selden said crew members were on campus all last week transforming parts of the Peabody into the Georgetown hotel lobby and plaza location it will play in the series.

"We were surprised by their interest at first, but it turns out parts of the campus are tailor-made for what they needed," Selden said in a telephone interview. "And we've enjoyed having them."

According to Selden Joel Schumacher will be directing the episode. The first two episodes were directed by executive producer David Fincher.

A spokesman for the film declined comment.