“Arnold's/ Bernard's Home”
Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?
The home of Arnold (one of the two creators of Westworld), and the
place where his host clone, Bernard, was created and trained.
Q. When do we see it?
A. In Episode 7, of Season 2.
Q. What is it in real life?
Ford (or at least the digital version of him) takes Bernard to an unusual house perched on a hilltop.
As they enter, Bernard finds it familiar.
Ford says he should, because it is the home that Arnold (the original
Westworld create or, on whom the host Bernard was based) built for his
family. And the home where they (Ford and Dolores) "tested and refined"
Bernard to make him as much like Arnold as possible.
A. A well-known home, designed by a famous architect
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This is actually one of the homes in the Los Angeles area that were designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
It is known as the Millard House (a.k.a. "La Miniatura"), and you will find it at 645 Prospect Crescent, in Pasadena, CA.
Here are some photos of the actual home:
Ignore the fake establishing shot in Westworld, which shows the home
perched on top of a cliff in an unpopulated area. That's just 8 little
In real-life, the home is located in a residential neighborhood in
Pasadena, less than a mile southeast of Pasadena's renown Rose Bowl
also less than half a mile north of another famed bit of architecture:
Pasadena's Art Deco gem, the Gamble House (which was featured as Doc's
home in in "Back to the Future").
The home has a distinctive Mayan influence, which is a repeating theme in many of Frank Lloyd Wright's creations
Here is a Google Street view of the entrance to the house
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
have toured several of the local Frank Loyd Wright homes (including the
Hollyhock house in Hollywood) as part of my initial research when
creating Seeing-Stars, so it would be almost impossible for me to fail to recognize Wright's unique architectural style.
At first, I wasn't sure whether it was the Ellis house (which I have
seen before in a number of productions), or one of his other creations,
but a little googling for "Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Los Angeles"
quickly turned up photos of all of them, making it fairly easy to match
up the scenes from Westworld with photos of the Millard House.
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