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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Vertigo - Midge's Apartment

 Then ...  Scotty visits his old flame Midge (Barbara Bel Geddes).  The vista from her apartment window looks west to Russian Hill from the top of Union Street on Telegraph Hill.  The building on the skyline to the left of Midge's shoulder is the La Mirada apartment building at 1100 Union Street.  This scene was filmed in a studio using a photographic plate to virtually set the location. ( The same plate was used two years later in a scene from Portrait In Black).

... and Now ,  the same view today from near the same spot.  The twin spires to the right belong to Sts Peter and Paul church on Filbert Street at Washington Square.


Then ...  Later in the movie Scotty drops Midge off in front of her apartment building.  Back then this was 298 Union Street on the corner of Montgomery Street on Telegraph Hill (map).  It has since been replaced by another building.

  ... below, a circa 1970 photo of the same building, before it was pulled down, as it looked to Hitchcock and his crew.  Note the same concrete wall, railing and steps.  Midge's apartment would be upstairs facing west, on the building's left side in this photo, however the west view from there would be blocked by the building across the street so Midge's view must have been photographed from this or a nearby rooftop.  This house dated back to the late 1800's and barely escaped the devasting fires of the 1906 earthquake.  Note too that the windows are different from the studio set's picture windows.

... and Now ,  it's a 5 unit apartment building re-addressed as 296 Union Street, built in 1974.  That third story window probably does have Midge's view.

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