Washington Square Park

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Scorpio’s Washington Square Park scene opens with Saints Peter & Paul Parish Church, 666 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. The camera then pans southeast at 00:19:08 to follow 3 children running with their dog from George Washington’s statue toward the Dante Building at the corner of Union & Stockton Streets. The entrance to the Dante Building is at 1606 Stockton Street. On top of the Dante Building Scorpio rips up the Police Department’s reply in the newspaper classifieds.

Scorpio lurks on top of the Dante Building

Scorpio lurks on top of the Dante Building

Scorpio puts his rifle together and lines up a potential second victim (actor Richard Lawson in a groovy purple poncho!!) who is crossing into the park from the northeast corner at Filbert & Stockton. Before he can fire, the Police helicopter scares Scorpio away.

In 1971, the ground floor of the Dante Building appeared to have two retail tenants, Modern Cleaners, and Rossi Drugs (00:19:29). When this blog began in 2009, Film Yard Video was where Modern Cleaners used to be, and Rossi Drugs had become Cafe Divine. Cafe Divine closed in 2015 but their website used to say that the safe from Rossi Drugs used to be in one of their bathrooms. Acquolina, a new cafe, has since opened in its place. Goorin Bros has expanded into the space once occupied by Filmyard Video.

I took the following picture and the rooftop hut where Scorpio lurked was still there, as is the flag pole in the corner. It’s difficult to know whether the 3 chimnies and washing line were props or part of the original building. 555 California can be seen in the distance.

Top of the Dante Building in 2009, 555 California in the distance

Top of the Dante Building in 2009, 555 California in the distance

Roof of the Dante Building with Coit Tower behind

2009, roof of the Dante Building with Coit Tower behind

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Washington Square Park  still looks very much the same as it did in 1971 . The Church is open at various times for services and is spectacular on the inside.

Sts Peter & Paul Church at Washington Square Park, North Beach

Sts Peter & Paul Church at Washington Square Park, North Beach

Interior of Saints Peter & Paul Parish Church, 666 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Interior of Saints Peter & Paul Parish Church, 666 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

You’ll find service times in the Parish bulletin. Here’s the bulletin I got at the Parish and you can view the latest online edition here:

Saints Peter & Paul Parish weekly bulletin printed edition, January 2009. Click the image for current bulletin.

Saints Peter & Paul Parish weekly bulletin printed edition.

3 Responses to Washington Square Park

  1. PeterM says:

    Hi,

    I also took a look (via google streetmaps) at Krausgrill Pl near to St Peter & Paul’s church off Filbert and it seems that could be the place Harry got assaulted by vigilantes when he was caught peeking in on a man (and his girlfriend) seen carrying a suitcase similar to scorpio. From the film it, does appear that location was just a block or two from the church.

  2. James says:

    I live in the bay area and less than 3 minutes from the final scene of the movie. I once went into the city to look around at filming locations and I was able to get in just the right angle to see the three chimney smoke stacks and even a clothes line! This was April of 2009 when I looked at the top, but I’m incredibly curious if there are any current photos of the Scorpio site or, better yet, a way to actually see it!

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