We live in strange times. We are approaching the third and fourth wave of vintage retro music, particularly exotica revivals, a music style that is initially almost a mockery of traditional Polynesian music, but in itself a pretty wide open, otherworldy bastard of a music genre, among others. I never thought that Star Trek or Dungeons and Dragons would see so many generations of enthusiasm outside of their initial flashpoint, but there are workings and reworkings. People still think that the wing wong chong sounds in "China Girl" and "Kung Fu Fighting" are implements of traditional Asian music, even though to anyone outside of 1940, they hardly have a resemblance. Sometimes, though, reworkings of reworkings of concepts that never really existed in real life can be captivating. Such is the case with the marvelous people who are trying to make the half-imaginary mansions from the Addams Family and The Munsters, both TV shows filmed on generic stage sets, a reality.
It might be more than a little geeky, but I totally support these folks who are trying to settle this problem once and for all.
For the Addams Family, it seems to be rather impossible. An architect named Mark Bennett did an entire book speculating the floor plans of several television sitcoms, but this blogger points out the very obvious flaws in these plans, especially in the (lacking) foyer to the Addams Family house. Both of these fellas are cross referencing scenes from every episode of the series with one single painting of a house in LA that is now demolished. The image of the house was only ever painted from one angle, scenes from the series were never shot there. It happened to be painted on glass, and they would simulate rain in front of this painting when necessary. Sometimes, they would zoom the camera all the way into the window to show us more intimately what Pugsley or Wednesday were doing.