If you are an Addams Family fan and are inquiring information regarding the real house that was used in the 1st episode and inspired the look for “The Addams Family” home in the 1964-66 TV sitcom, starring John Astin as Gomez and Carolyn Jones as Morticia – Then you’ve come to the right place.
“You mean “The Addams Family” house WAS real?” Well no, …and yes!
First off let me state that I am just a fan of the 60’s TV show, I don’t claim to be an expert and I can only hope that the information that I have collected is in fact correct. Some facts regarding the house I still don’t know, so I am always open to suggestions or comments. In fact, I’d like to apologize for the ever-shifting content. This site is a work in progress and as certain facts are discovered some of the content does change from time to time. I am doing this because I love the house so much, but also to help keep the memory of this great house alive.
I’d like to thank and recommend getting Don Sloper’s book called Los Angeles’s Chester Place “Images of America.” I am thankful that I read his book on the gated community before I embarked on this journey. Learning about the homes within and the surrounding area gave me a good foundation to start from. I have included three pictures from the book and have tagged his name in the photo descriptions. I hope that he does not mind and see’s this as good advertisement for his book.
A big thank you also to the following (for all of their help and support in this endeavor),
Duncan Maginnis, Ronny Kellum, Kansas Sebastian, oldhomesoflosangeles, Matt Hardesty, gilroytg, Guido Ligorio, Stuart Armstrong, Nick Cook and of course Wikipedia. A tremendous thank you to Henry G. Newhall and Walter S. Newhall (for this glorious structure), David Levy (for creating “The Addams Family” 60’s sitcom), Louis McMannus (for creating “The Addams Family” house), and last but certainly not least, Charles Addams.
I started watching “The Addams Family” as a kid in the 80’s when it was in syndication and remember my stepfather saying to me (the first time I had watched it), that he had also watched this show when he was younger; which initially sparked me to first inquire “just how old is this show?!” After watching it on a daily basis after school for awhile I became fascinated with the show, but more than anything I became fascinated with their house. As a kid I really thought that the house was real. I knew that it was a show and it was being filmed for TV, but I thought that they were filming it in a real house….that house! That beautiful 3 story Second Empire spooky old mansion (or maybe I just wanted to believe). As I continued to watch more episodes as time passed I eventually realized that the house was a painting/picture and the show was filmed on a Set. Needless to say I was disappointed, but I still loved the show and the house no question. If anything it did fuel my interest in the show as a teenager; drawing pictures of the house with floor plans and fantasizing about owning a house like that.
Then when the internet came out years later I started searching for topics that I was interested in and it opened up a whole new world for me. Not only did I find out that there was a “real house” that the Addams home was based on (although not a Second Empire), but I could not believe how many other people loved and obsessed over this show and the cult following of fans it has! Not to mention the continuous fan clashes over “The Addams Family VS The Munsters”, that keeps the two shows legacy alive Halloween after Halloween. After all these years I think I am more obsessed with the show and the house than ever; thanks to the people that have shared their pictures and knowledge of the house with everyone (including me). I truly appreciate it and wish I could thank all of you, but some people I don’t have names to credit.
Unfortunately (even to this day), most of the information that is on the internet regarding this house and the connection to “The Addams Family” is spread out everywhere, and most of it is vague or false. Don Sloper has uncovered some facts in his book regarding the house and the area that the home was located in, but his book is more centered around the gated community “Chester Place” than the house itself. I will try my best to keep the content on-point and mainly just about the house, although it will be tough since there are a lot of interesting facts regarding the house and the area that it was located.
So without further ado, here is my contribution of what I have learned regarding the “real house” that inspired the look for the Addams home, was used in the 1st episode and in a sense was the house “exterior wise” for the 1964-66 TV sitcom “The Addams Family.”
Let the Original Addams Mansion Tour begin…