Saturday, October 15, 2011

Where Is the 'Addams Family' Mansion?

from nycscout
Duh, duh, duh, dum! Snap, snap! Duh, duh, duh, dum! Snap, snap!

Halloween is nigh! There's no better way to observe the occasion than paying tribute to the Addams Family house, where every day is Halloween. 

This house, or rather the grisly characters who inhabit it, sprang from the mind of New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams. Growing up in Westfield, New Jersey, young Charles was quite the prankster, breaking into houses, scrawling skeletons on walls, and frequenting cemeteries. Here in his childhood home along Elm Street, he developed a penchant for the macabre, the rock foundation on which he built showbusiness' most iconic family of non-conformists.  

NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Charles Addams' house in Westfield, New Jersey now up for sale. Via The Star Ledger

Be warned, however. Not because this house is teeming with the creepy and the kooky, mysterious and spooky, but because it has none. For instance, this lush garden doesn't have Morticia's man-eating plants. 
Fan enough of the Addams family? You can *snap, snap* this up for $800,000. 

First published in 1938, Charles Addams' cartoons of the appalling clan have been adapted many times for TV. The original series, which ran in the 1960s, used exterior shots of a now-demolished house along, coincidentally, a boulevard called Adams in Los Angeles. The matte painting that later stood in for the exterior is also a goner now.


Also nowhere to be seen nowadays is the house facade especially built at Toluca Lake for the 1991 and 1993 movie adaptations.


But this does not mean the Addams house is ensconced in unreality. If you just know where to look, there are  many houses where Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandmama, Uncle Fester, Cousin Itt, Lurch, and Thing would fit right in:

This dead-ringer (no Lurch pun intended) for the Addams mansion is situated near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Via Brechtbug
Webster Wagner House in Palatine Bridge, New York may as well be called the Gomez Addams House. Via chocolatepoint
In Rhinecliff, New York. Via Because It's A Long Walk Home
In Rochester, New York. Via jde75

It takes more than a mansard roof for a house to be livable for the Addams though. To them, home sweet home is equipped with beds of nails, guillotines for dolls, and other nightmarish amenities.

Happy All Hallows' Eve in advance, fancy travelers!

2 comments:

Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 12:32 AM  

their house is a museum where people come to seeum they really are a screaum

Anonymous April 15, 2014 at 10:42 PM  

...the Addams Family! doo doo doo doot~

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