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.