Colonial Street – Munster House

This house was best known as ‘1313 Mockingbird Lane’ the home of TV’s The Munsters.

When the Desperate Housewives moved in, the house was remodelled to make it look less spooky. On that show it’s been the home of the Mullin family (?-2005), Betty Applewhite (2005–2006), Alma Hodge (2007) and the Hunter/McDermott family (2007–present).

Originally built for the 1946 movie “So Goes My Love” (aka “A Genius in the Family”) the house was originally the residence of Hiram and Percy Maxim, so it was known as the “Maxim House” for years until the Munsters came along in 1964 (the show was in production until 1966). 

The address used by The Munsters was 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

A “Munsters” fan has built a full-scale version of the house – read more here.

Seen on Screen: Universal Studios Hollywood [Munster]

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
So Goes My Love aka A Genius in the Family [Feature Film]1946Frank RyanIMDB Database page about So Goes My Love aka A Genius in the Family
Colonial Street sets (Maxim House / Munster House, Harvey House) were first built on Stage 12 for this movie.
Another Part of the Forest [Feature Film]1948Michael GordonIMDB Database page about Another Part of the Forest
Colonial Street - the Hubbard house set was built on a sound stage for this movie and was moved to Colonial Street in 1950. It remained there next to the Munster house until 1981.
Just Across The Street [Feature Film]1952Joseph PevneyIMDB Database page about Just Across The Street
Colonial Street (Munster house)
One Desire [Feature Film]1955Jerry HopperIMDB Database page about One Desire
Colonial Street (Pink Place - Cromwell house, Munster House)
Leave It To Beaver [TV Series]1957 - 1963VariousIMDB Database page about Leave It To Beaver
Some scenes were shot on Stage 30, which was demolished in 2010. Stage 17 was also used. Exteriors for seasons 3-6 were shot on Colonial Street, using what became known as the Cleaver House. The Munster House was also seen.
Wagon Train [TV Series]1957-1965Lawrence MenkinIMDB Database page about Wagon Train
Denver Street, Six Points Texas, Colonial Street Munster House (Kitty Pryer Story, 1963), Stage 19
Rock-A-Bye Baby [Feature Film]1958Frank TashlinIMDB Database page about Rock-A-Bye Baby
Colonial Street (Harvey House, Munster House)
The Munsters [TV Series]1964Ezra StoneIMDB Database page about The Munsters
Colonial Street - Munster home. Stage 30 & Stage 32 were used for interiors.
Munster, Go Home [Feature Film]1966Earl BellamyIMDB Database page about Munster, Go Home
Colonial Street (Munster House and Harvey House), Psycho House on the backlot is featured in the main titles.
Dragnet 1967 [TV Series]1967-1970Jack WebbIMDB Database page about Dragnet 1967
Backlot Apartments and Colonial Street (Johnson Character's House and Munster House) sets.
Kolchak: The Night Stalker [TV Series]1974-1975Jeffrey Grant RiceIMDB Database page about Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Colonial Street (Munster House)
The Munsters' Revenge [TV Movie]1981Don WeisIMDB Database page about The Munsters
Colonial Street backlot set (Munster House)
The Munsters Today (aka The New Munsters) [TV Series]1987 - 1991Arthur Annecherico IMDB Database page about The Munsters Today (aka The New Munsters)
3-camera sitcom filmed in front of a live studio audience at Universal. Special effect sequences were filmed in advance and played back to the audience during the shoot.
Colonial Street Munster house exteriors
Desperate Housewives [TV Series]2004 - 2012Marc CherryIMDB Database page about Desperate Housewives
Colonial Street and Elm Street as well as Stage 01 [production of season 3 started on Stage 1 then moved to other stages including larger Stage 41], Stage 03, Stage 04, Stage 05. In Season 1 Episode 18 the Log Cabin appeared as Camp Hennessey. Colonial Street sets featured: Delta House, Munster House, Harvey House, Hardy House, Dana House, Burbs House, Providence House, Cleaver House