Here’s a spooky (but beautiful!) house that’s sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. It’s the one featured on the new TV series “American Horror Story.” It’s haunted and known as “Murder House” on the show, but in real life it’s the stately Rosenheim Mansion in L.A.
Architect Alfred Rosenheim built it in1908 in Country Club Park by as his own residence. I tracked down photos of it, so even if you’re too chicken to watch the show, you can take a tour of the house!
According to Curbed, it was on the market for $4.5 million earlier this year. I tracked down the listing on Trulia, and it’s now “Off Market,” but the photos and information are still posted. Huffington Post ran a story at the time with even more photos of the house, which is great because now we can compare how it looks onscreen to how it is in real life.
In the listing photo, for instance, it doesn’t look haunted at all:
The Harmon family takes one look at the house and decides that–even though it was the site of a murder-suicide and their dog keeps barking at things they can’t see–this is the perfect place for a fresh start:
“The three-story, 10,440 square foot house has six bedrooms, five bathrooms and sits on almost an acre of land alongside a former chapel that is now used as a recording studio,” according to HuffPo (which has many more photos of the real house by Cameron Carothers, via the listing with Brad Downs, Rodeo Realty).
Contance (the brilliant Jessica Lange) and her daughter Adelaide like to make unannounced visits to the Harmon home. Adelaide always tells people, “You are going to die in there!” Alas, the Harmons don’t take her warnings seriously…
When Vivien strips the wallpaper in this room, she discovers some truly disturbing and macabre murals underneath.
That pretty young maid who keeps coming onto him only looks pretty and young to him. To everyone else she looks like Frances Conroy.
I loved her in “Friday Night Lights.” I have to say it’s kind of disturbing to see “Tami Taylor” in a show like this with so many creepy and disturbing things happening all around her. If I were her, I’d high-tail it straight back to Texas and Coach Taylor.
There’s a website for the house that says it’s available for filming. Maybe it’s off the market now because it’s being used on “American Horror Story”?
I collected these photos from all over the place: CasaSugar, Curbed, Huffington Post, Trulia, FX, and Ugly Angel. Check those sites to see more. (Thanks to Kat for sending me the research she had done on the house, which got me started!)
11/9/11 UPDATE: Lee Kay passed along this wonderful behind-the-scenes video with Production Designer Mark Worthington in which he explains that the pilot was shot on location at the house and then they replicated it on a set for the rest of the episodes. Amazing!
Have you been watching? Is anyone else confused (and creeped out) half the time about what’s going on?