Architectural Source of Disneyland Haunted Mansion Found

Years ago, while designer/Disney historian, Dave Mumford was researching wrought ironwork in the Disney Company library, he found a photo of a building that resembled Disneylands Haunted Mansion (top photo, below). I was working nearby and he showed me the book and we agreed it had an uncanny resemblance to Disney version. I made a couple Xeroxes right there, and Dave checked out the book. (Sadly I never got the name of it. Frances Lichten’s Catalog of Victorian Artwork.) It wasnt until later when I compared the book photo to Ken Andersons 1958 sketch (second photo) that I knew this was the source of the mansions design – Ken had copied every visible detail in the photo, details that would be realized as the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland (third photo).

Now the second half of the mystery begins, where is this original house? It was previously believed Disneylands mansion was based on the Evergreen House in Baltimore (last photo) but clearly that is not the case. The caption beside the b/w photo from the book Dave found does say the house is in Baltimore. Any Baltimore historians recognize the house in that top picture?


2 Responses to Architectural Source of Disneyland Haunted Mansion Found

  1. Chef Mayhem Says:


    Youre talking about Frances Lichtens catalog of Victorian artwork. You can read a little bit more about it here:

    Theres also an etching in that collection that is very likely an inspiration for the Walt Disney World facade as well. Sorry to say that I havent been able to track down the actual location of the original Mansions inspiration in Baltimore, and theres a great chance it no longer stands - but maybe someone will be able to figure it out

  2. Connor Says:

    The secret has been revealed! Quick, to the Walt Cave! If they keep on the right track, they will discover Disneys frozen body and the exact replica of Disneyland located directly under Baltimore!

    Fun blog, by the way.

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