Fans Pay Tribute to Bob Saget at ‘Full House’ Victorian in San Franccsico

By Lindsay Blake | Dirt

The theme song to the hit ABC sitcom “Full House,” which aired from 1987 to 1995, tells us that “Everywhere you look there’s a heart, a hand to hold on to.” Lately, however, it seems like everywhere you look there’s bad news to be had, like the sudden and unexpected death on January 9 of Bob Saget, who played Danny Tanner on the popular show. As reports of his death spread on social media, fans, friends and former co-stars expressed their sadness and utter shock at the devastating loss.

Famous for a plethora of roles on the big and small screen (including the voice of an adult Ted Mosby in “How I Met Your Mother”), as well as a rather raunchy stand-up routine, Saget will no doubt remain better remembered as the Tanner family. cheerful patriarch. Although incredibly, although the role was crafted with him in mind, he wasn’t actually the first actor to play the role of the beloved TV dad. “Full House” creator/executive producer Jeff Franklin explained on Instagram, “I wrote the role of Danny Tanner for my friend, Bob Saget. The character was kind, genuine, neurotic, a bit corny, a hug with a heart of gold and endearingly funny. It was Bob. But when it came time to shoot the pilot in early 1987, scheduling conflicts kept the comedian from signing. Actor John Posey was hired instead. The pilot (which never aired, but parts of which can be viewed on YouTube) was later filmed, shopped, and eventually acquired by ABC. As fate would have it, Saget’s timeline had opened at that time, leading to the network starting Posey, replacing him with Bob, and taking over the pilot. The rest is television history!

A “Full House” role that was ensured from the start? The handsome Victorian from San Francisco who portrayed the Tanner residence in the series. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Franklin “handpicked” the Italian-style three-story property in early 1987 “after a stage manager traveled to San Francisco to select options.” He told the outlet: ‘I wanted the family to live in one of those classic Victorian homes. For some reason, this one jumped out at me. There were many candidates but this was the winner.

Although it is often incorrectly reported that the Tanners reside in one of SF’s famous Painted Ladies, these structures only appear in the series’ opening credits as family picnics in the nearby plaza. from Alamo. The actual dwelling featured in the show is about a mile away at 1709 Broderick St. in Lower Pacific Heights. (Please remember this is a private home. Do not enter or disturb residents or property in any way.)

Over the years, the idyllic abode has become a virtual icon, synonymous with “Full House” like Saget himself, so it’s no surprise that fans now flock there to commemorate the comedian, leaving flowers, notes and even bread and beer. on the sidewalk in front.

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The quaint residence appeared regularly in Tanner house shot creations throughout the eight-season run of “Full House.” Interestingly, the production team only captured footage of it once, in early 1987, when “Full House” was in pre-production. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the crew filmed “a bunch of shots of the house — everything from lights on, lights off, day and night — so they had options moving forward.” So much footage was filmed that Franklin recalled, “We didn’t need to go back until several years later, but by then the owner, I guess, had become annoyed with the fans. passing by and they weren’t in a cooperative mood. .” The 1987 footage was therefore used throughout the series and in the 2016 “Fuller House” reboot as well. As Franklin said, “Our audience has been watching the same cars drive past this house for 29 years.” Fans never seemed to care.

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The magnificent property, which is pretty much the epitome of Victorian San Francisco, was originally designed by architect Charles Lewis Hinkel in 1883. Although there seems to be a bit of a discrepancy between the real estate websites regarding pad measurement details due to a series of recent renovations, in truth, the place currently has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in a spacious (especially for San Francisco) 3,728 square feet.

(Michael Rankinen)

In a highly unusual turn of events, when the residence came on the market in 2016, it was picked up by none other than Franklin, who secured it in a $4 million deal. Although the producer initially hoped to redesign the interior to resemble the sets from “Full House” (a nigh-impossible feat, as the team behind “A Very Brady Renovation” will tell you), the neighbors, who had had long been fed up with the vibe of the place’s status as a tourist attraction, weren’t too keen on the idea and thwarted his plans. (How rude, isn’t it?) So Franklin decided to renovate and flip the property instead, with architect Richard Landry at the helm. As evidenced by the pre-renovation photos, the work was extensive in which the floor plan was opened up and the light fixtures upgraded. The reimagined Victorian was finally offloaded in October 2020 for a whopping $5.35 million, with the listing deeming it “an ethereal residence that offers comfort, class and opulent finishes.”

(Michael Rankinen)

Although Landry has been dubbed the “King of the Vapid Megamansion” (Oh, Mylanta!), the architect managed to leave many of the property’s original features intact, like its Corinthian columns, tall bay windows and wide crown moldings. More modern amenities include skylights, marble-fronted fireplaces, and wide-plank hardwood floors.

(Michael Rankinen)

Updated living areas include a family room, formal living room, and kitchen outfitted with a pantry, Viking appliances, custom navy blue cabinetry, and Calacatta Oro marble countertops.

(Michael Rankinen)

The luxurious owners suite, located on the third floor with two other bedrooms, has a fireplace, walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom with tile floors and spacious shower.

The lower level includes an additional bedroom and bathroom, a dressing room, a laundry room and a boudoir with a bar.

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The home also has an attached two-car garage with ample storage room and a manicured rear garden on its 0.07 acre lot.

(Michael Rankinen)

Only the front exterior of the dwelling was featured on “Full House”. The interior of the Tanner Residence and adjacent backyard were sets created by Artistic Director Lynn Griffin, initially on Stage 28 of Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, where the show’s first six seasons were filmed. , then on Stage 24 of Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank, where production moved for its final two seasons. This final stage was also used for the reboot of “Fuller House,” as well as seasons 2 through 10 of the iconic series “Friends.”

Although the Tanner House ensemble is markedly different in design from the current residence, the decorative archways that frame the bay windows are an obvious carryover.

(Michael Rankinen)
(Michael Rankinen)
(Michael Rankinen)

“Full House” aficionados who hope to see the pad in person but don’t want to brave hostile neighbors shouldn’t sell their dreams as soon as a replica of the residence now sits at Warner Bros. Studio. Built for promotional purposes for ‘Fuller House’, the facade is a popular stop on the two-hour guided tours of the lot, which are offered several times a day. There, fans can snap photos, pose for selfies on the front porch, and even say a private thank you to Saget for years of laughs while staring at that familiar red front door.

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