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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Harold And Maude - Save That Tree!

Then ...  Our odd couple head over San Bruno Mountain from their Half Moon Bay visit, on the way passing the large building below that sticks out like a sore thumb.

... and Now,  this is Visitacion Valley and McLaren Park to the north of Guadalupe Canyon Parkway from the spot marked on this map.  (The better-known Cow Palace is just out of sight off to the left).  The incongruous structure is gone, having been demolished by controlled implosion in 1998.  These were the twin Geneva Towers, a 576 unit public housing project built in 1967 that deteriorated into unmaintained squalor and drug-dealing prior to its being shut down.  For more information and a video of its sudden demise see here.

   Three years earlier Geneva Towers appeared in this shot of the bad guy in the high speed pursuit along Guadalupe Canyon Parkway during the thrilling Bullitt car chase.


Then ...  Maude is in high spirits today ... we next see her doing tight 360's around the junction of Marshall and Hamilton Streets in Redwood City (map).

... and Now,  Marshall Street crosses in the foreground and the building on the left is the San Mateo County Superior Courthouse.


Then ...  As Maude heads west on Marshall past the courthouse on the right the straggly potted tree in the foreground catches her eye.  She screeches to a halt, mounting the sidewalk, to the consternation of the passersby.

... and Now,  the buildings ahead are new but the U.S. mail is still picked up here.


    She is determined to save that tree.  As they discuss the best way to haul it away some cops are about to exit the courthouse and start checking out Maude's (well, the borrowed) straddled car.


Then ...  Without skipping a beat she beckons Harold into a Mustang conveniently parked in front of the cops and roars loudly off around the corner...

... and Now,  a new correctional facility has since been built across the street but the corner itself is still very recognizable.


    "Did I just see what I thought I saw...?"


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