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 white farmhouse for the exterior in “Secretariat”
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.
They used this red-brick house for the interiors in Lafayette, Louisiana:
It’s on the market now, and here are the listing photos:
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. How it looks today:
There are 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.
It’s interesting to see how filmmakers gave a retro look to the rooms in subtle ways.
Compare that shot from the movie to how that corner looks in the listing:
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!