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Addams Family Mansion - This gloomy old gothic mansion inspired by the macabre mind of cartoonist Charles Samuel Addams (1912-1988) featured on the sitcom THE ADDAMS FAMILY/ABC/1964-66.

The Addams Family Mansion

Located next to a graveyard at 001 Cemetery Lane, the museum-like Addams' mansion with a mansard tower was filled with a variety of bizarre items.

They included ancient instruments of torture (iron maiden, rack, bed-of-nails chaise lounge, stocks inscribed "Hers," and a flogging table), a huge two-headed sea turtle, an Eskimo totem pole, a giant brown (and later) white bear; the hastate head of a swordfish stuffed with a human leg (Cousin Ferook's); a suit of samurai armor, a harpsichord; a king cobra candle holder; a steer-horn-girded armchair, an elephant's hoof filled with popcorn; a moosehead (named Pierre) over the fireplace with one whimsically drooping left antler; and a bearskin rug that growled when stepped upon.

The creepy mansion was inhabited by Gomez Addams (John Astin), an eccentric cigar-smoking millionaire lawyer; his slender wife, Morticia (Carolyn Jones); their portly son Pugsley Addams (Ken Weatherwax); their somber little girl Wednesday Thursday Addams (Lisa Loring); Grandmama "the witch" Addams (Blossom Rock); the bald Uncle Fester Frump (Jack Coogan); the hairy Cousin Itt (Felix Silla); and Lurch, the family's towering zombie butler who answered the family gong with "You Rang?" Other residents were Thing, a disembodied hand; Kit Kat, a cowardly lion; and Cleopatra, an African strangling plant.

The Addams Family and Their Home

Turtle and Samurai  Front Gate to the Addams Family Mansion Lurch Drives the Addams Family Car
Turtle & Samurai Front Gate Sign Family Car
Pierre the Moose Puglsey Addams Octopus Tank The Addams Family Pet Lion
Pierre the Moose Pugsley's Octopus Family Lion
Wednesday Addams Plays Cemetery The Addams Famill Cuckoo Clock that Roars Like a Lion Morticia Feeds Cleopatra the Plant
Wednesday at Play Roaring Cuckoo Cleopatra the Plant
The Leg of Cousin Ferouk in a Marlin Cousin Itt Thing Adjsuts the Family TV
Uncle Ferouk Cousin Itt Things adjusts the Family TV
His and Hers Bed of Nails Portrait of Gomez Addam's Business Partner Dart Board in Grandmamma's Bedroom
His & Hers Bed of Nails Portrait of Gomez's Business Partner Dart Board in Grandmamma's room

The first episode of THE ADDAMS FAMILY "The Addams Family Goes to School" (9-18-64) used exterior footage of a real house to depict the Addams mansion. This house (now demolished) was coincidentally located on Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles. For the rest of the series, however, the producers used a matte painting created by artist Louis McMannus (the designer of the Emmy Award) for exterior footage scenes of the mansion.

To create the matte painting, the artist took the photograph of the original house on Adams Boulevard and had it enlarged to a thirty-by-forty inch black-and-white portrait. The photograph was then custom painted with various shades of colored oils. Details such as the bent television antenna on the mansion's tower and the leafless trees flanking the house were added for mood.

The painting created for the series has long since disintegrated according to Howard Anderson II, a film and special effects expert who was responsible for the commissioning the matte painting.

Mortica, Lurch and Gomez - HALLOWEEN WITH THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Years later the Addams mansion resurfaced on the videotaped special HALLOWEEN WITH THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY broadcast on Sunday, October 30, 1977 (as part of NBC's BIG EVENT). Unfortunately, the Los Angeles mansion used for the program was an inferior replica and lacked the uniqueness of the original.

The animated Hanna-Barbera cartoon remake of THE ADDAMS FAMILY/NBC/1973-75 replaced the gothic mansion with a haunted trailer (a reduced version of the mansion) complete with a piranha-filled moat and bats in the belfry, that traveled about America visiting such dubious destinations as Death Valley, The Great Dismal Swamp, and of course, ghost towns.

Mansion on THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY
The New Addams Family series mansion

For the 1991 motion picture remake The Addams Family: The Movie, a full-scale facade of the house (which slightly resembled the original) was built in the Burbank Hills. The main interior sets (built on the same studio site of the original series) included Morticia's solarium of dead plants, Gomez's playroom, a library, and a portrait gallery of Addams ancestors. The interior of the Addams' home returned to TV in 1998 on the Fox Family Channel revival series THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY.

The Addams Family Mansion - Drawn by Charles Addams
Charles Addams Illustration

TRIVIA NOTE: Charles Addams, the creator of the Addams Family characters was fascinated with medieval paraphernalia. His Manhattan apartment was filled with instruments of torture, a collection of crossbows, battle armor, as well as human skulls, a collection of brass lizards, fragments of tombstones, and eighteenth-century embalming table which he converted into a coffee table. The items no doubt fueled his macabre sense of humor.


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