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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

The House On Telegraph Hill - The Garden

  Victoria's house also boasts a garden with a panoramic vista across the city.  The garden scenes were filmed on the lawn at the base of Coit Tower, part of Pioneer Park and seamlessly edited to appear as if the garden were attached to the Julius Castle site, the house location, some 150 feet down the Greenwich Street steps.

  Victoria watches from her balcony as her son Chris plays in the garden.


Then ...  Her view beyond the garden is essentially the same as in the movie's opening scene, seen there from the top of Coit Tower.

... and Now, the view today from the Coit Tower lawn is partially blocked by trees and plants around the perimeter but the Ferry Building tower and the Bay Bridge can be seen in the photo below.  The distant Financial District buildings are all new but some of the close-in residential buildings are unchanged.

... and Now,  the camera that filmed the footage for the movie view above must have been set up on the roof of the mural rotunda on the ground floor of the tower (below).


Then ...  here's another shot of Chris playing in the garden.

... and Now,   note the Ferry Building in the center of each picture.

... and Now,   here's the same skyline today from the top of Coit Tower.

... a recent aerial photo ...  In this photo taken over Coit Tower looking south towards the Financial District the rather bare lawn is clearly visible at the base of the tower.


... a vintage photo ...  in 1936 William Powell and Myrna Loy were on the same lawn shooting scenes for their movie 'After The Thin Man'.

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