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.

A visit to the ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ Command Center filming location

The building called the 'House of the Book' on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, Calif., pictured on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)
The building called the ‘House of the Book’ on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, Calif., pictured on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)

The “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” was a childhood favourite of mine. Regardless of how it has aged, the TV show will always be special to me for its nostalgic value.

I have a fascination with seeing firsthand the settings featured in movies and TV shows, and the show’s Command Center has been on my radar for years. During a road trip through western United States, I visited the filming location of the exteriors of the fictional hub on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.

The building called the 'House of the Book' on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, Calif., pictured on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)
The building called the ‘House of the Book’ on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, Calif., pictured on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)

The building is called the House of the Book. It’s located on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, Calif. This detour was slightly unplanned. When I got there, I found out that the campus was gated. I called the university and asked — ahem, maybe more like pleaded — to be allowed to enter to take a few photos for a short amount of time. The person I spoke with on the phone said tourists ask to visit the building all of the time. Eventually, I was allowed in. I’m not sure if that is usually allowed.

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The building called the ‘House of the Book’ on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, Calif., pictured on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)

Passed the main gates, the drive up to the building took about four or five minutes. The campus was well-maintained and picturesque. Stepping out of my car and walking up to the building was surreal. The rush of memories flooding back into mental view was a lovely experience.

The building called the 'House of the Book' on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, Calif., pictured on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)
The building called the ‘House of the Book’ on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, Calif., pictured on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)

The building was closed at the time of my visit, so I cannot verify if Alpha 5 and Zordon actually exist and were inside.

The building called the 'House of the Book' on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, Calif., pictured on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)
The building called the ‘House of the Book’ on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, Calif., pictured on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)

I’m not sure if there is any way to see the building from public land. Hiking a few hills at Sage Ranch Park might provide a view similar to the one pictured below but from the opposite side.

The building, partly masked by trees, called the 'House of the Book' on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, Calif., pictured on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)
The building, partly masked by trees, called the ‘House of the Book’ on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, Calif., pictured on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)

A hill on the north side of the road beside the building offered a lovely view of east Simi Valley.

East Simi Valley, Calif., viewed from the Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)
East Simi Valley, Calif., viewed from the Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus on Dec. 4, 2014. (Steve Silva)