Sunday, September 02, 2007

The Mysterious Mismatched Roofline of Doom

Greetings Ghost Fans,

At the Ghost Relations Dept, I sift through thousands of photos and artwork each week to support my blog posts. However, there is something I have noticed for a long time but never really brought up.


In 1957, Ken Anderson did a preliminary sketch of a house which pretty much became the design plan for the Disneyland Mansion facade we know today. He based this sketch off of a house in Baltimore, MD.


However, there was one slight flaw in his original sketch. The 2nd floor balcony roofline matches greatly one on side of the columns, but on the other side has gone it has gone off kilter. Considering that his sketch was pretty much a copy of the photo of the house, it makes one wonder what was happening here.


Artist Sam McKim took Andersons original sketch and turned it into a concept painting. However, McKim did not change the roofline either. So today, one of the most famous Mansion illustrations has a flaw that has gone mostly unnoticed for over 5 decades.

5 Comments:

Anonymous David said...

I've noticed that too.

I find it hard to believe that no one at Disney took notice of this mistake.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it an error or is it showing a wing of the mansion sinking into the swamp surrounding it?

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Fenwright said...

Has anyone else noticed the mistake shows up in the Haunted Mansion changing portrait during
"Haunted Mansion Holiday"

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Wilbo said...

I think it's sinking like the other person said, if you notice the railing on the walkway is lower on that portion of the house than beyond the column next to it as well.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Jaghund said...

the railing is a non-issue and in classic illustration the railing would appear exactly as it is, seeing as the collums are brought forward and presented visually before the rest of the house; hence the slight indent. this is consistant with the roofline if it was correct -- which it isn't.

Personally I still love it though. It adds that charm that the mansion will never lose.

4:56 PM  

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