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Scene It Before: The Father of the Bride House
One of the most recognizable homes in cinema is still as picturesque as when the Banks family lived there in the 1991 classic
I can rarely bring up the subject of filming locations without the conversation invariably turning to the iconic white clapboard residence where George Banks (Steve Martin) lived with his family in the 1991 romantic comedy Father of the Bride. It is pretty safe to say that the idyllic home is one of the most-loved in movie history. In person, it doesn’t disappoint.
Said to be located at 24 Maple Drive in San Marino in the flick, the house can actually be found at 843 South El Molino Avenue in the heart of Pasadena. Situated in the middle of one of Crown City’s most bucolic streets, the residence, with its green shutters, white picket fence, and winding front walkway, looks like something, well, out of a movie.
It was there that on the snowy afternoon of January 6th, George and his wife, Nina Banks (Diane Keaton), threw a wedding reception for their daughter, Annie Banks (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), and her new husband, Bryan MacKenzie (George Newbern). It’s worth noting that in Father of the Bride Part II, a framed wedding invitation mistakenly states that the nuptial date as October 30, 1991, but next Monday marks the fictional couple’s anniversary.
Employing a bit of Hollywood magic, producers used a different white clapboard residence (located at 500 North Almansor Road in Alhambra) for all of the film’s backyard scenes. Annie’s iconic basketball hoop still stands on the property and it is visible from the road.
In Father of the Bride, George describes the dwelling this way: “This house is warm in the winter, cool in the summer and looks spectacular with Christmas lights. It’s a great house and I never want to move.” Neither would I, George. Neither would I!
Lindsay Blake is an actress, writer, celebrity admirer and Los Angeles enthusiast who contributes to CityThink each Thursday. Her true love is filming locations, and she founded the Web site IAMNOTASTALKER in 2007 to document her vast findings on the subject. For more “stalking” fun, you can follow Lindsay on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.