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A Look Back at the "Beatles House"


189 Precita Avenue. September 22, 2022

Once upon a time, this unassuming Bernal Heights home drew thousands of Beatles fans and curious passersby.


In 1978, 17-year-old Jane Weems painted a giant mural on the exterior of her family's home. The mural was a tribute to her favorite band, The Beatles, and Jane single-handedly painted it in two weeks. Jane was an artistic kid, with a strong interest in music. By the age of 18, she was playing drums professionally for punk-rock bands The Living Daylights and The Maggots. She was first introduced to The Beatles when she was 4 years old and saw them appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. From then on, she was a devoted Beatles fan. Her bold, colorful mural became somewhat of a San Francisco landmark and drew comparisons to the work of German-American artist Peter Max, who is known for his psychedelic pop art.


The "Beatles House" was also featured in the 1987 film "Living on Tokyo Time" directed by Steven Okazaki. Unfortunately, the mural was painted over sometime in the 1990s.




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