The Simpsons' house really exists

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Do you know the story of the Simpsons' real house? Located in Henderson, Nevada, however, it has not had a simple life. Fantrippers takes you on the trail of this house built identical to that of the characters.

742 Evergreen Terrace, a mythical place

It was in the very first episode of The Simpsons, Deadly Christmas, broadcast in the United States on December 17, 1989 that viewers discovered the most crazy family in the country and its place of residence.

Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa and Maggie live in Springfield, a fictional town imagined by Matt Groening, the series’ creator. While many American cities have the same surname, it does not have geographical coordinates to correctly locate it. The director is said to have taken inspiration from his hometown of Portland, Oregon for Springfield’ hometown.

The Simpsons live there at 742 Evergreen Terrace. While the number may have changed (59, 94, 442, 723 or 1094), the house has never changed its appearance. With its brown sofa, garage, stairs and orange color, it has become such a mythical place that the producers wanted to build it in real life.

House of the Simpsons
Photo credit: Fox

Henderson, new home address

In 1997, the series’ revenues were plummeted. The producers then use an advertising agency to revitalize the series and thus bring back investors. They then propose to build the Simpsons’ house identically in real life.

To be the most faithful to that of the series, they dissect a hundred episodes and get closer to the show’s illustrators. A prominent head decorator in Hollywood takes care of the exteriors and interiors. He draws precise 3D plans so that all the decorative elements are present in the house.

They chose the town of Henderson in Nevada to build it. It is erected at 712 Red Bark Lane.

After the completion of the construction, the first visits took place, including the much-anticipated one by Matt Groening. He leaves his mark in the cement of the aisle and even paints a bart’s graffiti on one of the walls.

Simpsons' house
Photo credit: Simpsons Wiki

A cursed house

Quickly, the neighbors are furious. They want to find the tranquillity of their neighborhood. Several complaints are filed and the production negotiates money to calm them down.

Pepsi and Fox decided to launch a big contest to win the house. On September 21, 1997, the lucky winner of the number 9786065 was drawn. But it doesn’t show up. We’ve been looking for him for a long time. A campaign in the press is even implemented. To no avail.

It was then decided to make a new draw in December of the same year. Barbara Howard is the beneficiary of this lot that all Simpsons fans dreamed of. Retired from 63, she lives in Kentucky at the time. She comes to visit the house with her two daughters and her grandson. But a few days later, she no longer wants to live there. It requires money in compensation.

To make future buyers want, Matt Groening wants to bring the house to the television, but Fox is no longer allowed to do so after a complaint from neighbors. It is decided to repaint its exteriors in order to make it less showy.

Despite a guarding company, many people manage to enter and steal objects. Little by little, it is looted.

Fox sold it in 2001. A buyer is not particularly interested in the fact that she is the same as the Simpsons. It replaces carpets, repaints walls and throws away everything related to the characters in the series. The house is drained of its soul. Nevertheless, it continues to receive daily mail addressed to Homer or Marge.

Today, the Simpsons’ house is still visible despite the various renovations. The general appearance is recognizable but more its painted walls or furniture, much to the chagrin of aficionados of the famous Springfield family. Maybe one day, a fan will acquire it and restore it as in the animated series. Hope…

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By Damien Canteau

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Passionné par l'Histoire, les animés, les Arts et la bande dessinée en particulier, Damien est le rédacteur en chef du site spécialisé dans le 9e art, Comixtrip.

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