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The Murder House is a central location and focus of the first season of American Horror Story.
The house is a classic Los Angeles Victorian, built in 1922 by prominent surgeon Charles Montgomery for his wife Nora. The fixtures are Tiffany glass, and the house was restored to its original grandeur by Chad Warwick and his boyfriend, Patrick.
The address of the house is given in the episode "Birth" as "939 Berro Drive, LA 90068".
At least from 1983- 1994, Constance lived there, but then moved next door. It is as of yet unknown in which year she and her family moved into the Murder House.
Outside & Gardens Edit
The property features a porte-cochère with a medium high wall. Violet has been seen sitting there while smoking. In "Murder House", Ben builds a gazebo in the garden to mask where Hayden was buried. Moira is also buried in the same grave, but Ben is unaware of this.
The Study Edit
- Ben meets clients for therapy sessions here since he operates his psychiatry practice from home.
The Basement Edit
The basement is now home to the Infantata.
- 1978: Troy and Bryan were killed here by the Infantata.
- 2011: Leah was attacked here by the Infantata. Fiona, Dallas, Chad, Patrick, Joe Escandarian are all killed here.
The Parlor/Dining Room Edit
Currently houses a gas-fed fireplace.
- 1926: Dr. Charles Montgomery was shot here by his wife, Nora, before she killed herself.
- 2010: Tate/Rubber Man attacked Chad and Patrick here.
Living Room Edit
In the "Pilot" episode Ben suggests using the space as a music room for Vivien. However, due to his wife's reluctance to play the cello, it serves as a living room. In the "Afterbirth" episode we see Vivien finally playing the instrument and using the room to practice, as it was orinally meant for. The peeling wallpaper, which was removed by Vivien, hid a mural across several walls depicting gruesome imagery. In 2011, Vivien and Violet were bound here during a home invasion to re-enact R. Franklin's murders.
- 1968: Maria is murdered here by R. Franklin.
- 2011: Vivien gives birth here and dies in childbirth.
Master Bedroom Edit
Turquoise Bedroom (Tate's/Violet's bedroom) Edit
- 1994: Tate is shot by the S.W.A.T. Team.
- 2011: Other than scenes involving Violet and Tate or Violet and Vivien, Moira gives Joe a blowjob here.
Note: The kitchen and the turquoise bedroom were the only rooms that the crew redecorated. All other furniture and decorations belong to the Rosenheim Mansion (with the exception of the wall mural). The defining color of Violet's room (other than the turquoise wall color that is part of the Rosenheim Mansion) is of course violet: Her bedding, her carpets and her small round leather seat are all violet. Violet's room was decorated with items which relate back to several episode storylines. It features
- A poster of a skull next to her bed.
- A jar with dolls heads (referencing the jars in the basement).
- A collection of spiked belts draped over her desk lamp.
- A collection of dead bugs and butterflies.
- An armchair.
- A Ferris wheel (the Ferris wheel was invented for the 1893 Chicago World Fair mentioned in Piggy Piggy)
- A doll house on the window sill. When Tate lived in this room, a copy of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" was in its place.
- When this was Tate's room, he had a poster of Saturn on his wall. In Roman mythology, Saturn fulfilled the same role as the Red Dragon that Leah mentions in Home Invasion in the Bible's Book of Revelations: He devours children as soon as they are born. Saturn assumed power by castrating his father, then married his sister. In Medieval and Renaissance occultism, the planet Saturn was associated with depression. It is still a symbol for death. In astrology, the planet Saturn in one's chart indicates a tyrannical, domineering parent who seeks to mold the child in his or her own image. Children often become "swallowed up" by such domination. This could be entirely coincidental, however.
The Bathrooms Edit
- 2011: Violet does her cutting here at the sink with her father's razor blades.
- Violet dies in the bathtub after overdosing on sleeping pills. At the time it appears as though she lived but Tate later reveals that she had swallowed far to many and that she did in fact pass away in his arms.
- 1968: Gladys was drowned in a bathtub by R. Franklin.
The Corridors Edit
The Kitchen Edit
The kitchen and Violet's/Tate's room were the only two rooms of the Rosenheim Mansion that were redecorated for the show. All other furniture comes with the property, with the exception of minor props. For later episodes the exact same furniture from the Rosenheim Mansion had to be recreated.
The Attic Edit
- 2011: Vivien finds a gimp suit attached to the ceiling in the attic.
- 1994: Constance's son, Beau, was smothered by Larry Harvey.
- Stained glass
- The house features several original Tiffany lamps and stained glass windows. The stained glass windows feature the color blue, which Nora explains was Charles' tribute to her eye color. All stained glass windows are actually part of the Rosenheim Mansion. It is true though that the stained glass in Ben's office, which is in reality a Greek temple, resembles the gazebo and that the Dining Room has stained glass windows with violets in them. It is thus possible that the writers of the show took clues from the actual decorations of the Rosenheim Mansion.
Occupants and Deaths Edit
Promotional Website Edit
- The house used in filming is the Rosenheim Mansion.
- This house was featured and sold on the Scifi channel show Collection Intervention.