Sunday, November 12, 2006

A long long way from Dixie

Greetings Mortals,

As many know, the Haunted Mansions have gained some inspiration from real homes across the country. Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland Mansions have some inspiration from the Harry Packer Mansion in Pennsylvania. Disneyland Paris' Phantom Manor draws some inspiration from the 4th Ward Schoolhouse (and possibly the Edward Hopper painting, House by the Railroad). Disneyland's Haunted Mansion has been know to have been inspired by the Evergreen House, which is now part of John Hopkins University. However, there was one photo in the WDI archives that proves to be more of an inspiration than the Evergreen House.

While this post is not intending to discredit the Evergreen house as an inspiration to the Disneyland Haunted Mansion, it is geared more towards what it inspired. The inside of the Evergreen House holds great similarity to the style of architecture found in the Disneyland Haunted Mansion. In one case, a griffin even stands guard at the newell post of a stairwell...

If you are in the Baltimore area, you can tour the Evergreen House for yourself. Visit their website for more details.


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