If you've ever seen , starring Hayley Mills, then you definitely remember the gorgeous Victorian mansion featured in the film. The house was so remarkable, it practically deserved a supporting role credit! Interestingly enough, it turns out you can actually visit the Santa Rosa, California house today, but you may not recognize it.
Back when Disney was preparing to shoot the movie in California, the filmmakers had a hard time finding a suitable home to stand in for the Victorian house described in the story, which takes places in 1910 and is based on the 1913 book by Eleanor H. Porter. They finally decided to go with the , also known as , built in 1877 as a summer home for the wealthy . Thanks to some clever editing and movie magic, the filmmakers were able to transform the historic home into a four-story mansion for the picture, according to .
Editors altered the look of the McDonald house by painting on additional stories and architectural features. If you visit today, you'll see the 14,000 square-foot home resembles its original "raised Southern cottage" style.
In 2006, the firm renovated the historic home. The five-year-long overhaul included restoring the exterior, recreating Victorian theme rooms throughout the home, and adding new features to the backyard.
Fans of the movie can walk by anytime and get a glimpse of the house, while visitors who want to see the private home up close will have to or attend one of the annual charity events hosted at the home.