Who can forget the terrifying house of horrors from season one of American Horror Story? Surely, anything so outrageously scary can’t be real. Um … guess again.
From the first time I saw the “murder house” on television I had to see not only what it looked like in person, but also what it felt like to stand on the front stoop.
The house is definitely a different experience up close and personal, starting with the chain link fence that runs all the way around the property. It’s hard to imagine what the mansion looked like when first constructed in the early 19th century. They gave the front of the mansion a serious “makeover” (make-under?) for the opening scenes of the AHS pilot, which supposedly took place in the 1970s when the house was standing empty.
If you have a passing interest in true crime, you probably already know that the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short is one of the most infamous crimes in history. In AHS, the evil Dr. Montgomery killed Short. In real life, Dr. Walter Bayley was a suspect in the crime, and it was rumored that he also performed gruesome and illegal procedures in his basement.
In real life it’s the stately Rosenheim Mansion in L.A. German-American Architect Alfred Rosenheim, built it in 1902. And after a five-year construction, he used it as his residence. The house is sited on a sloping tree-studded 3/4 acre lot at 1120 Westchester Place in Country Club Park.
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. One of the things that make this home so special is, just how many original features it has managed to retain through the years in such elements, as its doors and windows. It is indeed a very rare property and in 1999 was deservedly declared Historic and Cultural Landmark #660 by the City of Los Angeles.