“You can’t take a picture of this; it’s already gone.”
But I shot a picture of the house anyway. Multiple pictures, in fact.
I started watching “Six Feet Under” (SFU) when I was about 11 or 12. I understood most of what happened on the series, actually. I’m sure some people would argue I shouldn’t have been exposed to this subject matter so young, but it is what it was.
I watched SFU before online streaming services were a thing. I used actual DVDs to watch the show (I didn’t have whichever channel SFU played on in Canada), so the show carries a nostalgic factor for me.
It was well acted. Frances Conroy, who played Ruth, performed her role with such nuance . I once stood next to her between takes on the set of “Happy Town” while working as an extra. I remember wanting to tell her how great she was as Ruth, but I didn’t follow through because I didn’t want to bother her. Claire’s story resonated with me the most. I understood her frustration. Her green hearse was neat, too.
I recall watching the last few minutes of SFU’s series finale on YouTube before finishing watching the final season. Even though it was was spoiled for me, rewatching it — this time in chronological order — was intense. I felt emotionally moved by that ending. Powerful, so beautiful. It was the most fitting coda.
I visited the house in Los Angeles on Dec. 3, 2014. It’s located at 2302 W 25th St. According to a plaque on the property, the building is the Auguste R. Marquis Residence (Filipino Federation of America). It was built in 1904 and is historic-cultural monument number 602. Something was being shot inside the house at the time (a short movie, if I recall correctly). A friendly crewmember let me go into the lobby. The house was mainly used for exterior shots (the inside doesn’t look like the set used during shooting), as is the case with many productions. It was surreal to stand there on that porch.