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  • [Fun] Interesting Phantom Manor discovery

    Whilst researching for a school art project, I stumbled upon a painting. This painting, titled 'House by the Railroad' (1925), by Edward Hopper has such a strong resemblance to the Phantom Manor, that I had to post it on here.





    Is this close resemblance more than just a coincidence? Is it possible that this painting was seen by Imagineers, and inspired the facade that we now see in DLP?

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    Looks awful similar but it could just be a similar kind of house design rather than a direct inspiration. Question is, did the house by the railroad have a talking head in a glass bowl? Probably not. Looks like PM wins...

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    • #3
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      Finally, something that isn't Thomas Kinkade.

      Actually, the Psycho house, which everyone is always quick to point out upon seeing Phantom Manor, was based on this painting. Fun facts.

      It's a nice painting though, isn't it?

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      • #4
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        i don't see a striking resembalance, just similar architecture from the same period. a lot of houses would've looked like this back then.

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        • #5
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          I would say that the painting influenced a closer influence to the actual influence of PM (I may be under the influence).

          What I am trying to say is that IMO PM looks more like the abode of Norman Bates and his mother than that painting although I do admit there is a strong resemblance in certain areas.
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          • #6
            Re: Interesting Phantom Manor discovery

            Here is one of the real references for PM according to some WDI folks I know:

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            Virginia City (between Lake Tahoe and Reno) was a huge inspiration for much of Frontierland. I love VC so much, I had to take my wife when we got married in Lake Tahoe.
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            • #7
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              And another inspiration:

              Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection>> Results >> Details
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              • #8
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                I love this subject. You know what's fun?

                Mid-19th century: Napoleon III has Baron Haussmann rebuild much of Paris. He has a great deal of Medieval buildings torn down to make way for the Paris we know today: wide, straight avenues lined with Mansard-roofed buildings.

                The style catches on in the rest of the world and becomes known as "Second Empire" architecture. Enter the Mansard-roofed gingerbread architecture in the American west (and Australia, and to a lesser extent elsewhere.)

                Mid-20th century: Edward Hopper, Alfred Hitchcock and apparently Imagineer Harper Goff all draw on the style for foreboding mansions.

                1992: The style comes back to Paris — in an utterly Americanized form. It's kind of a full-circle thing when you think about it.

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                • #9
                  Re: Interesting Phantom Manor discovery

                  wow, virginia city is it isn't it!

                  i would love to visit.

                  off on a tangent Mansard Roof by Vampire Weekend is one of the best songs ever :-)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Interesting Phantom Manor discovery

                    Its always a possiblity inspiration came from the painting. End of the day when WDI were building DLRP it went to many areas for inspiration. Just take a look at the Castle Imagineers looked at many European Castle designs.
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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Sgt. Tibs View Post
                      off on a tangent Mansard Roof by Vampire Weekend is one of the best songs ever :-)
                      Agreed!

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                      • #12
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                        it wasn't Haunted Mansion at Disneyland CA, there were ideas to put a nother street on Main St and then a really dirty scary house on a hill. But Walt Disney wanted it to be nice on the outside and in his words let the ghosts take care of the inside.

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                        • #13
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                          C'mon guys, everybody knows where the REAL inspiration came from!



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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
                            C'mon guys, everybody knows where the REAL inspiration came from!
                            Well, this is definetely not true
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                            • #15
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                              that Physco house wasn't a inspritation.
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