Friday, October 14, 2011

A Horror Story

It may not be in Philadelphia, but there's a big, scary house on your television right now that is likely to remind us of some of our own ghostly stories this Halloween.

If you're a fan of the macabre - and if you're a fan of Philadelphia you are - and you haven't seen American Horror Story yet, get online and watch it. Those glued to Twin Peaks in 1990 who happen to own the Amityville box set will love this nail biting hybrid. With all of the cliche elements of your horrific favorites wrapped around a bizarre cast of characters you're not quite sure you want to like, this Amercian horror story offers a refreshing break from the insipid debutantes and perfected discourse that plague your television, but somehow manages to offer the same guild laden pleasure.

American Horror Story is set in the Alfred Rosenheim House in Country Club Park, Los Angeles. The house, built by resident architect Alfred Rosenheim in 1908, was entirely reconstructed for the series. Perhaps with its own ghosts, the house has been on the market since 1999. The 15,000 square foot home at 1120 Westchester Place was originally offered at $7.5M, and now at $4.5, most recently served as a home for nuns. Its detached ballroom formerly served as a chapel. It's easily understandable how this mansion would be a tempting treat for one with means, ghosts and all.

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