who built it?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #2
Who built it?
The screenshot was taken from the opening of a classic horror movie. Throughout the movie vistas of the house are to be seen many times. Interestingly enough the house’s spectacular interior was not used at all—instead a mock Victorian interior was built at a sound stage. The mock-up has nothing to do with the house’s real interior, although a particular design element of the original was interspersed here and there.
    Decades later the movie was remade, without the house—the stories of the remake and its sequel play in a fictitious art deco building.
    But quite some directors were fascinated by the house and so it was used again and again for many movies, television productions, music videos, and advertisement shorts. So much so that the neighborhood’s residents began to complain about film crews constantly blocking roads and making noise all through the night. Some productions use the interior and exterior of the original house, some use recreations, or combinations of both—always incorporating the mentioned particular design feature.
    Among these movies there is at least one absolutely groundbreaking one. And I know of one movie, of the same genre as the groundbreaking one, which uses the original interior, but is not mentioned in all the lists I’ve seen so far.
    What is the name of the house and who built it?
    Just leave a comment with your educated guess—you can ask for additional hints, too. [Leaving a comment is easy; just click the ‘Leave a comment’ at the end of the post and fill in the form. If it’s the first time you post a comment, it will be held for moderation. But I am constantly checking, and once I’ve approved a comment, your next ones won’t be held, but published immediately by the system.]
UPDATE and solution (08 November 2011):
The opening title of the movie "House on Haunted Hill" (Castle 1959)
To hell with him, and back again ;-) … Alexander Rabitsch again did it in no time: It is Ennis House built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1924. The screenshot I took from the movie House on Haunted Hill (Castle 1959) starring the incomparable, immortal [Ladies and Gentlemen, will you please for a moment rise from your seats] Vincent Price! I’ve got a longer post on Ennis House in the making, where I will make explicit the allusions and associations written above … as soon as time permits.
    And for next Monday I really have a tough one in the making! ;-)

CASTLE, WILLIAM. 1959. House on haunted hill [motion picture]. Los Angeles, New York: Allied Artists.
  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 7th November 2011 at 09:58

    Ennies House ? Frank Loyd Wright?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Tuesday, 8th November 2011 at 10:10

      To hell with you, and, yes, it’s Ennis House, built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Did you recognize the building straight away, or did you have to do some research? If the latter is the case, how did you go along?

      • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 8th November 2011 at 12:56

        LOL … I did recognize the building as I like F.L.W. a lot but I didn´t quite remember the name of it. The rest: Thou shalt know thy google well! Asking the right questions means getting the right answers ;)

        • zephyrin_xirdal Tuesday, 8th November 2011 at 16:00

          Ah, ok, that lets me sleep calmly again. Nevertheless prepare yourself for next Monday :-)

          • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 8th November 2011 at 22:04

            I will ;)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 7th November 2011 at 10:06
  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 7th November 2011 at 10:16

    … and talking about dandysm: f.l.w. also designed cloathes … ;)

  • klandestino Monday, 7th November 2011 at 14:02

    You’re a goddamn freak Alex R. ;) And it has a positive connotation ;)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 7th November 2011 at 17:06


  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 7th November 2011 at 17:11
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