Back in August, a reader was wondering about the film shoot that had taken over that 1908ish Alfred Rosenheim-designed house in Country Club Park. Now here's a preview of the new FX show American Horror Story showing the house all covered in creepy vines and with charming bone windchimes hanging out front. What's unusual here is that the show (brought to you by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk of Glee and Nip/Tuck) actually takes place in Los Angeles--we're used to seeing houses like this one, particularly when they're supposed to be haunted, playing east coast. And how authentic: according to a review in the Washington Post, "The most recent tenants were fussy gay men who brought the house up to high-yuppie code but didn’t survive to enjoy it." In AHS, Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton move in with their sullen teen and begin to experience what we're sure are unspeakable horrors (Jessica Lange plays their evil next door neighbor). Check out the prologue down below, in which a couple of young punks run through, whacking away with baseball bats (they're very careful to stay away from the stained glass, we notice). In real life, the house was long-occupied by a group of nuns, and today is haunted by a failure to sell--it's been on and off the market for more than a decade.
· Alfred Rosenheim's Self-Designed House in Country Club Park [Curbed LA]
· ‘American Horror Story’: Gothic revival in a troubled neighborhood [Washington Post]