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Alfred Rosenheim Mansion

1120 Westchester Place, Los Angeles, California 90019 USA

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  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“The "Murder House" from "American Horror Story"”

Alfred Rosenheim was a German-American architect who built the mansion that's used in American Horror Story, and is now known as the "Murder House." It was also used in American Horror Story: Hotel, when Lady Gaga's Countess character used it to book an appointment with the deranged doctor who  was practicing out of the basement. Back to reality...Rosenheim built the house in 1902 and lived in it with his family shortly thereafter. The Alfred Rosenheim Mansion was situated near an area called "Billionaire Row", close to California's wealthiest families. Rosenheim himself was notable not just for architectural design, but he also designed nine roller-coasters.

The house is now available as a vacation rental through airbnb.com. For just $1,450 a night, you and 16 of your friends can rent out the entire house for a night that you won't ever forget. It actually comes out to just $90 a person! However, the haunted house that inspired the first season of American Horror Story was based on the Bailey House in Hartford, Connecticut. The house boasts numerous design gems, such as a Tiffany stained glass panels, and a bowed and turreted stair hall.

The Rosenheims lived in the house for eleven years and sold it to California's wealthiest man, a "colorful mining magnate" named A.J. McQuatters (who was also "the first gay president of the Alvarado Mining and Milling Company"). Then, in the early 1930s actor Edward Everett Horton lived in the mansion. After him the Catholic Order of Nuns, the Sisters of Social Service used the house as a convent, and even added a chapel to the grounds. The chapel was used as the "Attic" in American Horror Story.

The home was used in a series of films and television shows, such asSpiderman, Seabiscuit, The X-Files, The Twilight Zone, Six Feet Under, Bones, Dexter, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (it was the frat house in the episode "Fear, Itself", where Buffy and the gang got locked in on Halloween). In 1994 an earthquake damaged the house and the nuns put it on the market for a cool $3 million. The house was declared an Historic and Cultural Landmark in 1999. 

Today, people drive by the home, which was made iconic in American Horror Story. It's a great place for a photo-op for die-hard fans of the show.  -Roadtrippers

House Where Filming For Season 1 Of American Horror Story Took Place.
"Murder House"

For over 100 years, this property has been a very popular Filming Location, having been the set for countless Major Motion Pictures, Television Commercials, and Still Photography shoots, with the biggest names in Hollywood, and around the Globe, utiliziling this property for their projects, many of whom have been back several times throughout this Century.The list of Feature Films shot at this pristine property is endless, and the list is very long, beginning long ago, when Charley Chaplin was busy making movies.For Television, the property has been most recently used for the Pilot, and the entire Season 1 of American Horror Story, which almost overnight, became the biggest television series 20th. Century Fox Studios EVER released, starring an amazing cast of characters, and just weeks later, becoming the most popular TV Series on Earth, even surpassing True Blood !

The property has had dozens of TV Series episodes filmed here, including, CSI Miami, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter, Dragnet, Hill Street Blues, Six Feet Under, Crime Story, The Twilight Zone, The X-Files, Wiseguy, Law & Order, Ghost Whisperer, NCIS, The Closer, Nurse Jackie, CSI New York, Miami Vice, The Unit, 90210, Cold Case, Angel, The Mentalist, 24, Police Story, CHIPS, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, SWAT, ADAM 12, Monk, Las Vegas, Grey's Anatomy, Bones, Californication, an many, many, many more. 

Photgraphers who shoot here are the World's finest, with people such as Herb Ritts, Annie Leibovitz, Walker Evans, Bruce Weber, Michael Marks, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Henry Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, David LaChapelle, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Terry Richardson, and many, many more.In addition to Film and Photography, the property has been the location for numerous Music Videos, Concerts, and Private Events.The Recording Studio has room for 250+ guest's, and has had hundreds of World reknown musicians record amazing sounds inside the walls of this Ultra-Private Studio.

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Tatiana Danger

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August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

The house is actually a super popular filming location, beginning way back with Charlie Chaplin’s silent movies and then the inevitable talkies. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter, Six Feet Under, The Twilight Zone, The X-Files, Angel, and loads more TV shows filmed episodes at this iconic location. It’s also a photographer’s paradise, used by Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Annie Leibovitz, Diane Arbus, David LaChapelle, Mario Testino and Terry Richardson, among many others.

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March 23, 2014

I just went by the other week. Still gorgeous but so sad to see it falling into disrepair. Would love to see some owners that want to repair n upkeep it move in.

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May 17, 2015
Rated 4.0

It was so cool getting to see the "Murder House" from AHS Season 1 in person! Definately go here if you are an American Horror Story fan!

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Tatiana Danger

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August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

The Rosenheim Mansion was the location of the “Murder House” from American Horror Story, and it’s currently for sale!

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July 14, 2014
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I loved to see it just because I watch AHS season 1, but a little upsetting because someone lives there now and not able to explore it.

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Can you tour the inside?

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Alfred Rosenheim Mansion

1120 Westchester Place
Los Angeles, California
90019 USA

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  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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