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San Francisco movie locations from classic films

San Francisco movie locations from classic films

Vertigo - Scottie's House

  After rescuing Madeleine from the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay Scottie takes her to his Russian Hill home.  The home's exterior scenes were filmed at 900 Lombard Street on the corner of Jones  (map), one steep block below the famous 'crooked street'.  The interior scenes were filmed on a studio sound stage.

Then ...  From inside the house, Hitchcock chose a window view of Coit Tower -  "... because it's a phallic symbol", he said in a later interview.

Vertigo -  Scottie's House

... and Now,  from outside 900 Lombard we see the same view today plus an unsightly apartment building blocking the distant twin spires of Sts. Peter and Paul church on Washington Square.

Vertigo -  Scottie's House

 

  Madeleine recovers after a restful sleep (naked, no less!) and as they talk it becomes clear that Scottie is hopelessly besotted.

Vertigo -  Scottie's House

 

Then ...  Later, she returns to 900 Lombard to drop off a thank you note for saving her.

Vertigo -  Scottie's House

... and Now,  the house has not changed much other than the overgrown shrubs.  The exterior brick chimney obviously survived the 1989 earthquake.

Vertigo -  Scottie's House

 

Then ...  He's not in but shows up while she's there and they chat on the front porch.

Vertigo -  Scottie's House

... and Now,  the front door is white (it was painted red for the movie) and the railing, almost hidden behind the shrubs, has been changed.

Vertigo -  Scottie's House

 

... and Now,  here's another look at 900 Lombard.  This view looks west up the hill - the crooked street is at the top of the block.

Vertigo -  Scottie's House

 

... Update...  Say it ain't so! ... in 2012 the current owners of the house, to deter cinefiles from knocking at their door, built a wall across the front entrance and plastered over the red brick chimney, seen here mid-construction.  While CitySleuth respects owners' rights, he will silently weep each time he passes by.

Vertigo -  Scottie's House

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