The ‘Six Feet Under’ house

The building that represented a funeral home in the TV show "Six Feet Under," pictured on Dec. 3, 2014. (Steve Silva)
The Los Angeles building that represented a funeral home in the TV show “Six Feet Under,” pictured on Dec. 3, 2014. (Steve Silva)

“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 visited the ‘Six Feet Under’ (SFU) 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 called the Auguste R. Marquis Residence (Filipino Federation of America). It was built in 1904. Its historic-cultural monument number is 602. Something was being shot inside the house at the time (a short movie, if I recall correctly). A friendly crew member let me go into the lobby.

The Los Angeles building that represented a funeral home in the TV show "Six Feet Under," pictured on Dec. 3, 2014. (Steve Silva)
The Los Angeles building that represented a funeral home in the TV show “Six Feet Under,” pictured on Dec. 3, 2014. (Steve Silva)

It was known as “Fishers & Sons Funeral Home” in the show. From what I’ve gathered, the house was mainly used for exterior shots (the inside doesn’t look like the set used during shooting), as is the case in many productions.

The front porch of the building that represented a funeral home in the TV show "Six Feet Under," pictured on Dec. 3, 2014. (Steve Silva)
The front porch of the building that represented a funeral home in the TV show “Six Feet Under,” pictured on Dec. 3, 2014. (Steve Silva)

I started watching SFU when I was in my early 10s. Even though it portrayed lots of adult situations, I think I understood most of the drama. 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) during my summers, so the show carries a nostalgic factor for me.

The building that represented a funeral home in the TV show "Six Feet Under," pictured on Dec. 3, 2014. (Steve Silva)
The building that represented a funeral home in the TV show “Six Feet Under,” pictured on Dec. 3, 2014. (Steve Silva)

It was well acted. Frances Conroy, who played Ruth, performed her role with such nuance. Approaching my teenage years, Claire’s story resonated with me the most. I understood her frustration. Her green hearse was neat, too. The series finale was the most fitting TV finale I’ve ever seen.

The view from the front porch of the building that represented a funeral home in the TV show "Six Feet Under," pictured on Dec. 3, 2014. (Steve Silva)
The view from the front porch of the building that represented a funeral home in the TV show “Six Feet Under,” pictured on Dec. 3, 2014. (Steve Silva)

I have a thing for visiting TV and movie filming locations. It helps me contextualize things better. It was surreal to stand there on that porch. It felt familiar.

2 thoughts on “The ‘Six Feet Under’ house”

  1. I basically lived looking from the porch across the street from the mansion to the two-story building you see on the corner. My father was the Generals Driver and I have memories of being with him and Mama Toy. Memories of going to golf tournaments with the General and sitting with my Dad braking hard boiled eggs waiting for him to return from play to eat his eggs. When we returned home I remember running into the kitchen seeing the housekeepers preparing a meal while I ran past to see the General going up the stairs to his bedroom. I remember once going to the Stockton Hotel where the General would preside over meetings with his members. My mother once told me that the General had her teach me the Gettysburg Address and once I learned it he had me recite the Address to his members at the mansion. These are just a few of the memories I have been raised in Los Angeles in the early 50’s at the mansion.

  2. I was a resident in this mansion. Had good and rough experiences, although, it’s a beautiful house with so much potential. The Plaque is wrong, It should be under the name of General Hilario Camino Moncado, who is the founder of The Filipino Federation of America. My grandfather was a member of the organization and met with General Moncado many times. My mother have many childhood memories with her family hanging out in the mansion, especially when the federation held holiday services.

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