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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Dark Passage - Irene's Apartment

    They arrive at Irene's apartment house at 1360 Montgomery Street, Telegraph Hill (map).  The mid-1930s art deco Malloch house caused much controversy when it was built due to its (for those days) large size.  Irene's apartment is No. 10 on the 3rd floor.

Then ...  the house sits at the top of the lower section of the Filbert steps.  Union Street is at the top of the hill, past the narrow Alta Street on the left.

... and Now,  This sgrafitto ornamented Streamline Moderne building has hardly changed in over 60 years, in fact it looks even better now.

 

  The front of the Malloch house features etched windows and an unusual glass-bricked elevator.  Below is a night view of the elevator shown later in the movie compared with how it looks today.

                Then ...                                                      ... and Now

 

  Then ...  The building has been meticulously maintained and still retains its original art deco accoutrements, as here in the open lobby.

... and Now,  it's great to see something that's totally unchanged in so long!

 

Then ...    And as Irene leads Parry from the elevator to her 3rd floor apartment we can't help but admire the etched glass windows and stylish railings.

... and Now,  same glass, same railings, even the same elevator call button.  That incongruous red sign though is a result of the regulated era we now live in.

 

    The current dweller in Irene's apartment has obviously seen Dark Passage - there's a Bogart cutout displayed in the window

  Here's a closer look at it.

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