Visser Building

TV show Archive 81 (2022)
Shrouded in mystery, the Visser is a New York City building with a particularly disturbing history. A building actually located in downtown Pittsburgh, in which the story of Archive 81 takes place. A horror series evoking the great hours of horror cinema of the 1960s.

– Do you have any advice to give me, to help me introduce myself to the neighbors?

Stay away from the sixth.

Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi) and John Smith (Eden Marryshow)

Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie), an expert in restoring old videotapes, is tasked with reviving tapes found in the rubble of the Visser, a building that burned down in the 1990s. Soon, he discovers the story of Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi), a resident of the building. Although Archive 81 is supposed to be set in New York, the production was actually set in Pittsburgh, using both real locations and studio facilities. Shot between November 2020 and March 2021, the series required some clever makeup work to make Pittsburgh look like the Big Apple. The Visser, the residence in which most of the story takes place, was found by the production at 436 First Avenue, near the Monongahela River.

Built in 2017, the building adopts an architecture reminiscent of old New York buildings, where rents were once capped. The perfect place to stage the tragic destiny of Melody Pendras, this young woman whose investigations will precipitate her into the clutches of a satanic sect. Immediately recognizable on screen, 436 First Avenue did not host the shooting of the interior scenes. These, like all the others, were produced from studios also located in Pennsylvania.


Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead directed two episodes of the first season. Both directors are known for their films The Endless and Synchronic.

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Archive 81 le Visser
Archives 81, le Visser Building.

436 First Avenue

A downtown Pittsburgh apartment building, 436 First Avenue offers all the amenities of an upscale residential complex.

Housed in a building constructed in 2017, this 35-unit, red-brick-fronted apartment complex offers spacious, industrial-style living. With a rooftop terrace, 436 First Avenue also features a fitness center. Residents can ... Learn more about 436 First Avenue

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By Gilles Rolland

Thursday, February 3, 2022

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