Everywhere you look, people are talking about the classic family sitcom “Full House,” even though the show’s final episode aired in 1995. There was an “Unauthorized Full House Story” on Lifetime, and a reboot called “Fuller House” is in the works. So let’s take a look back at the famous Tanner Victorian in San Francisco and then see how different it looks like today!
The Tanner Victorian Isn’t One of the “Painted Ladies” of Alamo Square:
The house used for exterior shots is not one of the seven “Painted Ladies” that make up the colorful row of Victorian houses shown behind them when the Tanner family picnics at Alamo Square Park.
A lot of fans go looking for it in the Western Addition neighborhood, but it’s actually more than 12 blocks away on Broderick Street.
The establishing shots for the opening credits were taped in one day in San Francisco. After that, I believe the only time they were actually filming on location was for an episode in the final season when Michelle tries to walk Comet by herself and he gets away from her.
Aerial View of Tanner House Shown in the Unaired Original Pilot:
On the show they say their address is 1882 Girard Street. I searched on Google maps but couldn’t find an address that high on Girard, so I’m guessing it was made up. If anyone knows differently, fill us in!
A fan pointed out that in close-ups of the front door, the address is 1892:
Ever wonder what’s across the street from their house? Apartments!
The Tanner Side of the Street:
The Interior Sets Were Created at the Warner Bros. Burbank Studio
The inside of the house looks a lot more spacious on TV than the exterior suggests. In the final episode they poke fun at this by having Michelle, who has temporarily lost her memory, say, “You all live here? I hope the inside is a lot bigger than it looks on the outside!”
The Living Room in the Pilot Episode of “Full House:”
John Posey as the Original Danny Tanner in the Unaired Pilot:
Can you imagine being the guy who was almost famous as the Tanner dad, only to get a call saying your role had been recast after the pilot was taped and picked up by the network?
They have the original pilot on the Season One DVD, and it’s fun to watch both versions — with the original Danny, played by John Posey, and then with Bob Saget, who was hired at the last minute to replace him. Posey did a good job, but it’s just not the same. I’m not sure “Full House” would’ve have become such a cult favorite without Saget.
Look at all those silk plants they decorated the upstairs landing with. Takes me back to the ’90s when we were all putting fake ivy everywhere!
The Upstairs Hallway in the Original Pilot:
Michelle’s Nursery in the Pilot:
DJ & Stephanie Share a Room in the Beginning:
And then Stephanie and Michelle do:
As the site WTFFH points out, the main bathroom in the house changes from Season 2 to Season 5. At first it has a tile floor, green tiled walls, and a sink on the same wall as the tub. But in Season 5, it has carpet, pink tile and the sink has moved to a different wall:
Jesse’s Magic Attic Apartment:
I love how Jesse and Becky have this spacious attic apartment in a house with a flat roof. 😉
Jesse & Becky’s Twin Boys Got Race Car Beds:
Floor Plans for the Tanner House:
I found these floor plans posted by an uncredited fan on a message board. He/she noted that they were just a “rough draft,” but it helps to visualize how everything in the house connects.
The Living Room in the Final Season:
Not much had changed since the pilot, although you’ll notice the fabric is slightly different on the sofa and the second sofa that originally faced it was replaced with two blue barrel chairs. It doesn’t seem like much seating for a family this size, does it?
They move the TV over when they want to watch something:
A Rare Shot of the “Fourth Wall” in the Tanner Living Room:
They were watching the opening credits of their own show! So meta.
What’s Back There?
As the blog WTFFH points out, the hallway behind the living room changes from time to time. Sometimes it looks like it might be the stairs to the basement with that baby gate guarding it.
In Season 4, a girl Danny’s dating is directed back there to use the bathroom:
Then in later years, there appears to be just a wall:
The show was originally going to be called “House of Comics” about three comedians living together, but the network wanted a more family-oriented story. One of their top choices to play Danny Tanner was Paul Reiser, but he turned it down. If he’d accepted, then we might not have had “Mad About You.”
Here’s how it looked in the pilot episode:
In the first season, the cabinets were different and they hadn’t started using the kids’ artwork to decorate them with yet.
The Kitchen in Later Seasons:
Did you know they later filmed the sitcom “Friends” on this same soundstage?
In the original, unaired pilot, we got a good look at the kitchen nook:
Back Porch & Yard:
The basement had an infinite amount of space like the attic, apparently. Over the years we saw a garage, Joey’s room, and Jesse’s studio down there.
When Bob Saget revisited the house in 2013, it looked like this:
But Now the “Full House” Victorian is . . . Purple?
An outraged fan reported that it was painted a dark purple with pale green doors, so I looked it up on Google Streetview. Sure enough, this is what it looked like as of early 2015.
I found many more photos of it posted by fans on Yelp’s “Full House” page that you can see there, like this close up of the front doors:
The homeowners must be really tired of all the tourists stopping by to snap pics of the house each day because they put up a gate with a “No Trespassing” sign and planted a big tree in front of the bay window, too. With the new eggplant paint, it renders it almost unrecognizable from the Victorian onscreen. What do you think of its new look?
The “Full House” Victorian Then & Now:
BTW, did you watch the “Unauthorized Full House Story” on Lifetime?
Did it totally throw you when the replicated “Full House” set looked nothing like the original? I mean, how hard is it to at least get a plaid sofa in there and put the stairs on the left instead of the right? As Stephanie would say, how rude.
Coming to Netflix in 2016: “Fuller House:”
Were you a “Full House” fan? “Fuller House” promises to reunite most of the castmates except the Olsen twins. Candace Cameron Bure’s D.J. is now a young widow who calls on her best-friend Kimmy and sister Stephanie to help raise her children.
They rebuilt the house on the back lot to film new episodes:
I’m so excited! The real house at 1709 Broderick Street in San Francisco just went on the market for the first time in 10 years. See how it really looks inside and find out how much they’re asking for it here! 🙂