The Laundry Apartment is an essential element of the Brokeback Story. Unlike Enniss other living quarters (the tents, the Lonesome Ranch, the Divorce Cabin, and the Trailer), this was a very public place, subject to the observations of townspeople and the suspicions that came with them. Enniss commitment to Alma and his efforts to ward off the conflict that had already begun to destroy him are demonstrated by his attempt to live in this fishbowl of a place.
As the filmmakers searched for a Laundry Apartment with the needed features (walk-up unit, parking lot, steps) they happened upon this perfect location in Fort Macleod. Here you will find a set of original scouting photos showing the Laundry Apartment as Ang Lee first saw it in 2004.
Revised 19 November 2010