I was excited to hear that the farmhouse where they filmed the movie Secretariat is on the market so we can see what it looks like off-screen. This is where most of the interior scenes of the Chenery family’s farmhouse were shot.
They used a different exterior in the movie, however, that looked like this:
The movie is the inspiring true story of how Penny Chenery, played by Diane Lane, saves her ailing father’s stables when Secretariat becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
This is about as close as the camera ever lets us get to the front of the white farmhouse:
They used this red-brick house for the interiors, which were filmed on location in Lafayette, Louisiana:
Here are some of the listing photos:
To the right of the entry hall is the dining room:
The living room in the listing:
We get a look inside the kitchen at the beginning of the movie:
They covered the modern stainless-steel fridge with paneled doors for the film. Here’s how it looks in the listing today:
I love this kitchen. Gorgeous.
There are 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Here are some of them shown in the listing:
It’s interesting to see how filmmakers gave a retro look to the rooms in subtle ways. For example, check out this corner with the three windows in the movie:
And compare that to how it looks today, in the listing, looking more modern with just a few changes:
One of my favorite features in the house is this long screened porch. Here’s how it looks in the movie, leading off of the kitchen:
It looks so different in the listing without all of the furniture, framed photos, and shutters covering the screens that I wasn’t sure if it was the same porch or not at first. The ceiling fans are the same, though, as is that big black door that connects to the kitchen, and the screened panels match with the same arches at the top. It goes to show how much work can go into transforming a room for a movie!
The house sits on over an acre of land, but there are no stables or horses to be seen.
For more photos and information, check the listing by Penny McGehee of Van Eaton & Romero Realtors. I would love to track down the house they used for the exterior scenes, too, so if anyone has any info about it, let us know!