This once-grand Colonial Revival built in 1905 may not be haunted, but it sure looks like it could be. Which is probably why it has actually been used as a haunted house. It’s currently uninhabitable but has been rented out as a “standing set” for years. Now it’s on the market for $1.1 million and needs a buyer willing to take on the challenge of restoring it.
It’s known as the Beckett Residence because it was built by Dr. Wesley W. Beckett and his wife. Big Orange Landmarks tracked down more information about its history, like the fact that the actress Hattie McDaniel lived across the street from it in the 1940s.
It may take more money than most people would want to put into restoring this grand old home and making it habitable again, but it could really be a head-turner.
The green-tiled fireplaces in this house are killing me. If the house is taken down instead of restored, I hope they’ll salvage as many things like that as possible first.
Imagine what the house must have been like during its heyday in the early 1900s.
Some of these empty rooms are hauntingly beautiful…
…and some of them are just plain haunting.
There was a fire that damaged the roof and much of the second floor in the 1980s.
The bloody handprints on the wall are probably left from either a haunted house event or a movie shoot, but it they gave me a chill…
I can imagine Ryan Murphy filming episodes from American Horror Story here.
The headless statue in the backyard adds a nice touch to the “haunted theme” of the house…
For more photos and information, including the floor plan, check the listing, Big Orange Landmarks, and Curbed. Thanks to Carolyn for telling me about it. Here’s hoping some brave soul finds a way to rescue what’s left of it!
The good news is that it finally sold and the new owners are planning to restore it. You can read about it in L.A. Weekly.
P.S. Here’s a photo taken of the Beckett mansion soon after it was built in 1906 when it was brand spanking new (via Flickr):