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This article is about the location. For the episode, see Murder House (episode). For the miniseries, see Category:Murder House (story).
I've never said this to any of my employers for fear of losing their trust or my job, but this house is possessed. Things break, disappear. Doors open for no reason. There are spirits here. Malevolent spirits.
Moira O'Hara to Vivien Harmon[src]

1120 Westchester Place, colloquially known as "The Murder House", is the central location and focus of the first season of American Horror Story and of the web experience "You're Going To Die In There".

History

The house is a classic Los Angeles Victorian, built in 1922 by prominent "surgeon to the stars" Charles Montgomery for his wife, Nora. Their son Thaddeus was kidnapped and dismembered by the boyfriend of one of the woman Charles performed an abortion on in 1926. Charles used his surgical expertise to "revive" his son using the beating heart of one of his clients but he was restored as some kind of "Frankenstein" creature. Nora traumatised by her sons death and what her husband had turned him into, murdered Charles by shooting him before committing suicide by shooting herself in the head. 

In 1947, the home had been transformed into the office of a dentist named Dr. David Curran. One day a young woman named Elizabeth Short arrived for an appointment, Curran used his anaesthesia to knock her unconscious and then proceeded to rape her. However he used too much and accidentally killed her. Durran panicked and dragged her to the basement, Dr. Montgomery’s ghost then appeared to offer his assistance. Montgomery mutilated her body and cut her in half before Duran dumped her in an abandoned lot. Short would become famously known as the ”Black Dahlia”.

The fixtures are Tiffany glass, and the house was restored to its original grandeur by Chad Warwick and his boyfriend, Patrick.

At least from 1983 to 1994, Constance Langdon lived in the Murder House, but then moved next door. It is as of yet unknown in which year she and her family moved in.

In 2011, Ben Harmon, his wife Vivien, and their daughter Violet moved into the house.

As of 2017, 36 deaths have occurred and been documented in the house. In that same year, Cordelia Goode sent Madison Montgomery and Behold Chablis to the house in order to gather information about Michael Langdon, a possible next Supreme. They purchased the house under the guise of a newly married couple, keeping it in the posession of the Salem coven to ensure no more deaths occurred within its walls.

Similarly to the Hotel Cortez, the Murder House is a place where people who die within its premises are unable to cross into the afterlife, remaining forever trapped there as disembodied souls. If the human remains of a deceased person are placed outside the house's limits, however, their soul will be free to depart. The limits of the house, though not yet strictly laid out, are known to include the yard surrounding the house, just as the sidewalk and alley surrounding the Hotel Cortez are included with that building.

Ghost Sightings

It can be assumed that everyone who has died within the house or near it’s property has become a ghost. Here is a list of all those confirmed to be trapped in its premises.

Locations

Outside & Gardens

The property features a porte-cochère with a medium-high wall. Violet Harmon has been seen sitting there while smoking. In "Murder House", Ben Harmon builds a gazebo in the garden to mask where Hayden McClaine was buried. Moira O'Hara is also buried in the same grave, but Ben is unaware of this.

Entrance

The Study

  • Ben meets clients for therapy sessions here since he operates his psychiatry practice from home.

The Basement

The basement is now home to the Infantata.

The Parlor/Dining Room

Currently houses a gas-fed fireplace.

Living Room

Ben suggested 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.[3] Vivien played the cello here.[4] 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.[5]

  • 1968: Maria is murdered here by R. Franklin.
  • 2011: Vivien gives birth here and dies in childbirth.

Master Bedroom

Turquoise Bedroom (Tate's/Violet's/Gabriel's bedroom)

  • 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. Tate attempts to kill Gabriel Ramos in this room, with the purpose of not leaving Violet alone, but he fails to do so when she saves the Ramos' son by distracting Tate.

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 dollhouse 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 of 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.[6] This could be entirely coincidental, however.

The Bathrooms

  • 1968Gladys was drowned in a bathtub by R. Franklin.
  • 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 too many and that she did, in fact, pass away in his arms.

The Corridors

The Kitchen

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

The Attic is now home to the gentle Beau, though he does occasionally play in the basement.

Decorations

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.

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Promotional Website

The house can be explored on the website You're Going to Die In There [1]. The main article for clues and information found therein can be found here.


Residents

These are the residents of the house, both intended and unintended, whether currently living or deceased.
Homeowners and tenants
 Ben
Ben Harmon
Incidental residents
YGTDIT residents

Notes

  • The house used in filming is the Rosenheim Mansion.
  • On February 2018, current owners of the house Dr. Ernst von Schwarz and Angela Oakenfold sued the previous owners and estate agents for failing to disclose its connection to the FX show. Daily intrusions and trespassing by fans of the show are the main issues motioned in the lawsuit.[7][8]
  • This house was featured and sold on the SYFY's show Collection Intervention.
  • Overall, as of "Return to Murder House", there are 36 people who have died in the Murder House and been trapped in its confines as restless (or malevolent) ghosts, not including the occupants featured in You're Going to Die in There (1. because it is left unknown if it is canon to the show's universe and 2. because it is deliberately kept unclear how many additional people died in the house, and is left up to the audience to decipher).
  • The house is shown to be sentient to some degree and resistant to magical powers, cancelling out abilities such as telekinesis. Maybe for this, Tate Langdon states that even people protected by magic are not safe in the house. However, despite that, stronger spells still can work in its depths, as in the case of Spirit Revealing Spell, and abilities such as Divination, as well.

References

  1. Be Our Guest
  2. Mentioned by Billie Dean Howard to John Lowe
  3. Episode: Pilot
  4. Episode: Afterbirth
  5. Episode: Home Invasion
  6. Saturn in mythology
  7. ‘American Horror Story’ house has become a nightmare: lawsuit
  8. The Owners of the ‘Murder House’ From ‘American Horror Story’ Aren’t Happy They Have to Live With Ghosts Now
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