Having recently moved to the Los Angeles area from New York I was thinking about how much Hollywood has such an impact on this city and it’s sustainability. Then I began to think about celebrities and the homes they live in which you can apparently find by purchasing one of those map to the stars homes. I’ve never quite understood peoples fascination with celebrities.
What I’ve become interested in over the years, is landmarks used in films and television. Having grown up 20 minutes from the world famous Southfork ranch I hadn’t really thought much of it at the time how cool it was to be so close to an iconic landmark. To me it was the home of the Ewings from that show Dallas, which as a young boy I did not pay much attention to. The house itself was the unsung star of the show to which they would show at the end of the opening credits. Most people don’t think about architecture as a star, much like in a painting, a home or a group buildings can become the focus of the piece.
Driving out to LA I stayed the night in Albuquerque and of course I had to stop by and see Walter Whites home. Not much to it, someone actually lives there and has placed a Private Property sign out front. Yes, you can find it on google maps. It makes me wonder if the value of the home went up after the show ended. The owners I’m sure are annoyed at people driving up and photographing it(I snapped mine fairly quickly and casually drove away).
After landing in Los Angeles, the first home I thought about visiting was none other than the Brady Bunch house. I’m eccentric like that, going out of my way to see and ponder things such as a home from a silly 70’s television show. From the wikipedia article, “series creator Schwartz felt it looked like a home where an architect would live.” What makes these homes stand out to be used as the setting for such famous families? Is it because of their banality that makes them the perfect candidates? Have these homes become such a staple of American Pop culture that they are often overlooked, what if these homes were treated like famous buildings? Would they someday be granted landmark status? In the end they are objects like anything else that we have become familiar through pop culture and have now taken on a new meaning such as the Campbell soup cans.