In this remake of the 1950 film, Martin's character George must deal with his daughter Annie, who has just returned home from a whirlwind trip in Italy engaged to her boyfriend Bryan -- a man she has only known for three months. George's comical and sentimental struggle with Annie's decision to leave has helped keep this film a popular favorite with audiences. As George tries to prepare for the impending nuptials, Doberman-in-laws, and over-the-top wedding decorators, the homestead for the Banks family becomes one of the film's centerpiece attractions. Set in the town of San Marino, the Banks abode is an extravagant dwelling where Annie has lived for her entire life. Believe it or not, it's an actual house located in the neighboring city of Pasadena, California.
Location as Character: The lavish house doesn't just serve as a source of sentimentality for George Banks. It's also the location of the actual wedding, a $100,000 affair that comes complete with swans in the bathtub.
George and his wife Nina (Diane Keaton) are all set to move out in 'Father of the Bride 2,' when Nina's unexpected pregnancy forces him to buy it back at the last possible second -- as in, standing in front of the wrecking ball before it gets "renovated" by its new owner.
Historical Significance: The fictional Banks residence was shot entirely on location at this real Pasadena home. The house -- a traditional Colonial design -- saw its interiors renovated and redesigned by the film's production crew. In the late '90s, when the house went on the market, its film production history was the driving selling point.
Directions: The house is located at 843 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena, CA. From Route 110 North, turn right at East Glenarm Street. At the first traffic circle, take the second exit and stay on E. Glenarm St. At the next traffic circle, again take the second exit -- this time onto South El Molino Ave. The house will be on your left.
Visitor Info: As the house is a private residence, no tours inside are allowed. However, you can always walk by and take a picture. And for any vacationers looking to get an authentic Hollywood experience, the house is also included in 'The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book.'
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