The Firehouse is one of the main locations in The Love Bug and Herbie Rides Again. It is owned by Mrs. Steinmetz, and the main plotpoint in Herbie Rides Again, because Alonzo Hawk wants to demolish it to make way for one of his Building Enterprises.


The Firehouse used to be part of the San Francisco Fire Department and was home to one of the greatest firefighters known as Captain Steinmetz and was also the place where he married Mrs. Steinmetz. Whatever happened to the firefighters who ran the place remains unknown and the abandoned firehouse became a home to the Steinmetz family.

The Love Bug

The Firehouse is first seen as the home of Jim Douglas and Tennessee Steinmetz located somewhere in a small town in on a hill. It appears run-down and the bell tower is planked up. Inside it looks more like a workshop than a home since its piled with tools and car parts with a kitchen at the very back of the house. The side garden is decorated with some of Tennessee's cutup sculptures including his cut up Edsel.

Herbie Rides Again

The Firehouse plays a bigger role in the sequel as its been marked for demolition by Alonzo Hawk to make room for his new plaza building.

Around the time when Mrs. Steinmetz moved in, the firehouse had been restored and the interior had been redecorated to look more like a proper home to live in with some of the firefighting equipment on display and a huge painting of Captain Steinmetz. Outside aside from the surrounding rubble that remains of all the old homes is the flower garden where Tennessee displayed his sculptures.


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Films: The Love BugHerbie Rides AgainHerbie Goes to Monte CarloHerbie Goes BananasThe Love Bug (1997 film)Herbie: Fully Loaded

Television: Herbie, the Love BugHouse of Mouse
Video Games: Herbie: Fully LoadedHerbie Rescue Rally
Books: Herbie's Special FriendDisney's Wonderful World of Reading

The Love Bug: HerbieJim DouglasTennessee SteinmetzCarole BennetPeter ThorndykeHavershawTang Wu

Herbie Rides Again: Willoughby WhitfieldNicole HarrisMrs. SteinmetzAlonzo HawkMr. JudsonOrchestrionLoostgartenMaxwell
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo: Wheely ApplegateDiane DarcyGiselleBruno von StickleClaude GilbertMax and QuincyInspector BouchetFontenoyEmileDuval
Herbie Goes Bananas: Pete StancheckDavy JohnsPacoPrindleQuinnShepardCaptain BlytheAunt Louise TrendsMelissaArmando MocciaMrs. Purkiss
The Love Bug (1997): Hank Cooper • Alex Davis • Roddy Martel • Chuck • Simon Moore III • Rupert • Dr. Gustav StumpfelHorace
Herbie Fully Loaded: Maggie PeytonRay Peyton, Sr.Trip Murphy • Kevin • Sally • Charisma • Ray Peyton, Jr. • Crash • Crazy Dave
Herbie, the Love Bug: Bo Phillips • Susan MacLane • Julie MacLane • Matthew MacLane • Robbie McLane • Randy Bigelow

The Love BugI Found a New FriendHerbie, My Best FriendBorn to Be Wild
The FirehouseSan FranciscoParisPanamaMexico
Video Games
Herbie: Fully Loaded (video game)Herbie Rescue Rally
See Also
Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show SpectacularThorndyke Special • Sun Princess