The Home Alone house was one of the first movie posts I wrote, and it continues to be one of the most popular ones in my Movie Monday series. Since then I have learned a lot more about the house and found some photos of the real interiors as they look today. What better way to kick off a month of Christmas-movie posts?
Let’s take a look at the entry first. The above photo is how it looked in Home Alone 2. Below is a snapshot I took in the original movie. Notice the changes they made, like how there are fewer family photos on the wall going up the stairs?
Julio Macat, the Director of Photography, said Home Alone was his favorite of all the movies he’s photographed.
Here’s how the living room with the piano looked in the movie:
Here’s a photo of the same rooms taken in the actual house:
The family gathered in this room in Home Alone 2:
Many thanks to Eric, who generously allowed me to share his photos of the real home with you. He writes:
These are rare photographs of the gorgeous Winnetka, Illinois, house that was used in the movie Home Alone. The pictures of the inside of the house were taken by me sometime in 2004. I have to thank the wonderful owners of the house, for being kind enough to invite me in to their private home and allow me to snap a few quick shots.
Director Christopher Columbus says he was striving to make a film that looked timeless. “We intended the film to feel like Christmas, so we filled the house with greens and reds. I wanted the house to feel like a warm place.”
A photo Eric took of the real room in the house in 2004:
Macaulay Culkin points out in the DVD commentary that in real life he would have crashed into the wall if he really attempted to sled down the stairs and out the front door.
A photo taken in the real house looking down the stairs:
They actually used potato flakes to simulate the snow. It looks so pretty you’d never know the difference, would you?
In this shot you can see the backyard with the tire swing and tree house:
Macaulay Culkin says the homeowners were excited about having the film shot there. They would greet the crew with coffee and hot chocolate.
The kitchen, like the rest of the house, was decorated in shades of red and green.
Did you notice we see almost every room of the house except Kevin’s?
Buzz’s bedroom–before all the shelves come crashing down:
Kevin in his parents’ bedroom:
This shot of the parents’ bathroom is from a deleted scene:
The parents’ bath as seen in the movie:
The upstairs hallway:
Despite the resemblance between the actual rooms and the ones in the films, few of the interior scenes were shot inside the real house. Director Christopher Columbus talks in the DVD commentary about recreating the interiors on a sound stage in a high school gymnasium, and a source tells me that they used the nearby New Trier High School, which was vacant at the time.
In these production shots taken during filming you can see that they’re just sets (not real rooms in a house):
Ceilings appear to be 8 ft high in the actual house but are taller in the movie. The foyer is reportedly wider in the movie, too.
The Home Alone house sits on Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, Illinois. Here are some stats that Eric tracked down about it:
- 5 beds
- 3.5 bath
- 4,243 sqft
- Lot 23,278 square feet
- Built in 1920
The house was recently assessed at $1,810,500. Eric also shared these floor plans that he worked out himself.
First-floor floor plan:
Kevin drew his own floor plan when formulating his “Battle Plan.” Macaulay Culkin says that he remembers being given some Crayons to color some of it in and make it look “authentic.”
You can see my original post about the house here with more photos, including how it looks today.
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