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Leave it to Beaver: The Houses in the Cleaver Neighborhood!

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The Paramount House, constructed for the 1955 film "The Desperate Hours," is seen here in its original Colonial Street location on the lot. All of the houses on the north side of Colonial Street backed up to the Los Angeles River Flood Control Channel just a few hundred feet behind them.




This area of the Universal lot was originally known as "River Road," and dated to the silent era. In 1981, Colonial Street was relocated to another area of the Universal lot, and many of the facades, including the Paramount House, were re-assembled there, but in different locations relative to each other compared to their arrangement here on the original Colonial Street.


Colonial Street to the west of the Cleaver house

to the left, we see a side view of the "House of Seven Gables" (from the 1940 film by that name), and to the right, we see a glimpse of the "Maxim Home" (named for resident family in So Goes My Love, 1946), which would later be transformed into the home of "The Munsters." (The Maxim/Munsters house was three doors down the street from the Cleaver house)




Speaking of the MUNSTERS' House... this is great! The Maxim/Munster house was used as a backdrop... The soon-to-be "Munster" house is the setting for the below scene from the Leave it to Beaver episode "Community Chest" and was seen abandoned in the episode "Mistaken Identity"!





Houses immediately to left of Cleaver house

Immediately left (west) of the Cleaver house were two houses originally built as soundstage sets, then relocated in early 1950 to Colonial Street. Next door to the Cleaver house was the "Keller House" (named for its resident family in All My Sons, 1948), and two doors down was the "Allison Home" (family name in So Goes My Love, 1946) aka "Harvey House" (Harvey, 1950). The Harvey House was also was featured in the 1966 Don Knotts film, "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken."







Below is Another view of the Keller House...

This view of the Keller House also illustrates the sharp turn in Colonial Street (at the west end of the "New England Street" section), something not always evident in views from the Cleaver front yard.







View east up Colonial Street

In this view from the episode Beaver and Ivanhoe, we are several houses down from (west of) the Cleaver house, looking back east up the street. Straight ahead is the "House of Seven Gables" (a front view) with the Morrison House protruding to the left behind it, and to the right is the "Cromwell House."







~Below is a shot of the "House of 7 Gables" from 2006... this house was named after the 1940 Universal movie "The House of the Seven Gables" this property is now 4344 Wisteria Lane. As it's just outside the entrance to Colonial Street, it's rarely (if ever) seen on screen. The Studio Tour tram passes it every time, even when the Street is closed for filming. The design of the house was based on the famouse Turner-Ingersoll mansion in Salem, Massachusetts. As well as The House of Seven Gables (1940) the set also appeared in Katie Did It (1951)






The Universal backlot's Colonial Mansion, at the west end of Colonial Street. The Colonial Mansion at the west end of Colonial Street was built for the 1927 silent film "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and appeared in numerous productions over many decades. The set was relocated in 1981, but was eventually demolished to make room for expansion. The set is seen here as it appeared in the Leave it to Beaver episode "Wally's Car Accident." The Colonial Mansion was also known as the "Shelby House" (named for the family in Uncle Tom's Cabin). The episode "All Night Party" also included scenes filmed in front of the mansion.





Hubbard House

The Hubbard House, named for its resident family in Another Part of the Forest (1948), was four houses down Colonial Street from (west of) the Cleaver/Paramount house, and other than the Colonial Mansion Cottage immediately to its left, was the last house on the street prior to arriving at the circle driveway to the Colonial Mansion.







~This is the full view of the Hubbard House... The Hubbard House set has appeared in many Universal Pictures and TV series, example 'The Milkman (1950)', "Bachelor Father' (1960)' and 'Amazing Stories (1985)'.






Quite honestly the history is limitless... the productions that have come through these "streets" are second to none! We can see how easy it is to be wrapped up in the historical side of Colonial st... Maybe it really "does exist"...Check out this map to simplify it's mystique!




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