The Simpsons house
|742 Evergreen Terrace|
742 Evergreen Terrace is the fictional street address in Springfield of the Simpson family home in the animated television series The Simpsons and in the feature film The Simpsons Movie. In the series the house is owned by Homer Simpson. It is named after The Evergreen State College, Matt Groening's alma mater. A real-life replica of the house was constructed at 712 Red Bark Lane in Henderson, Nevada, as part of a contest in 1997.
To the left of the Simpsons' house (as seen from the street) is Ned Flanders' house, at 744 Evergreen Terrace. The house on the right has been occupied by various owners, including Ruth and Laura Powers, Sideshow Bob, and the extended Flanders family (Ted Flanders and his daughters Connie and Bonnie).
In the episode 'Homer's Triple Bypass' the address is given as the home of Snake - next door to Rev Lovejoy - when the police arrive to arrest him for cattle rustling.
The house is a light pink (later in the series, the house becomes light brown) two-story detached house with an attached garage, basement, and loft. A suburban tract house, the building is at least 50 feet (15 m) wide. The front door leads straight into the foyer where an arch to the left leads to the sitting room, and one to the right leads into the dining room. There is also a small cupboard and stairs to the second floor. The sitting room and the dining room have bay windows. At the back of the house is the living room and the kitchen. Also toward the house's rear are stairs to the basement, which are replaced by a closet in some episodes. Although rarely seen, there is also a hallway leading to a rumpus room.
The second storey of the house has the bedrooms, including Marge and Homer's bedroom (with an ensuite bathroom), Bart's bedroom, Lisa's bedroom, and Maggie's bedroom. There is also a bathroom, often shown in inconsistent places in different episodes. On the landing, there is a hatch that leads to the attic. The episode Lisa's Wedding, set fifteen years in the future, shows a wooden addition to the second floor, built (rather poorly) by Homer. It functions as a guest bedroom, but Homer warns Lisa and her fiancé that, "If the building inspector asks, it's not a room. It's a window box".
The back yard of the house is surrounded by a wooden picket fence and a low box hedge. It features a patio and Bart's treehouse, from which The Simpsons annual Halloween specials take their name. Occasionally, there is a hammock tied to two trees near the fence that borders Ned Flanders' backyard.
Features and furniture
The basement always includes a washing machine, a clothes dryer, and a large Olmec statue of a head which is a present from Mr. Burns after Bart donates blood to him in "Blood Feud". However, the appearance of other features such as a furnace, ping-pong table, air hockey set, and water softener varies from episode to episode. The basement is often used as a "secret lair", where Homer hides after faking the kidnapping of Mr. Burns' son in "Burns, Baby Burns", brews alcohol to beat prohibition in "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment", hides his superhero operation as Pie Man in "Simple Simpson", and where Marge hides during a spell of agoraphobia in "Strong Arms of the Ma". Bart hints in one episode that the basement has a problem with radon gas, then lets a homeless man sleep there in "The Day the Violence Died". It is revealed in one episode that the basement has a Sauna that was covered up by paint and dust, but which Marge accidentally found.
The house has two similar red sofas: the one in the sitting room is not seen in as many scenes as the well-known one in front of the TV in the living room. The current living room sofa is a replacement of the old one, which was destroyed in season 3. A simple painting of a boat hangs on the wall above this couch. Marge says she painted it for Homer in "The Trouble with Trillions", though in the episode "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife", she reads a plaque saying that the painting was based on a scene from Moby Dick. In the episode "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass", Homer destroys the painting over the couch and Marge retrieves a replica out of a closet. Behind the painting there is a safe containing a Twinkie that's been there for ten years. A tank full of fish is sometimes seen in the sitting room. In the Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror VI" episode, there is a portal behind the bookcase in the sitting room that leads to the third dimension. This is a reference to The Twilight Zone episode "Little Girl Lost". However, Treehouse of Horror episodes are not canonical. In Treehouse of Horror IV, the famous Dogs Playing Poker painting appears above the sofa. Also, in the episode "Father Knows Worst", a sauna is revealed to be in the Simpsons' basement, behind the water heater. So far, only Marge and Homer have been shown to know its location.
The house is often shown as dilapidated. For example, the walls are painted with lead paint, the roof leaks, and in "All's Fair in Oven War", the kitchen is so badly damaged that it needs to be rebuilt. One running gag shows the interior of the walls and floors filled with dangerous and unusual items when the camera pans between floors or rooms. Some of these unusual items include: asbestos, toxic waste, hidden treasure, recording devices, baby dinosaurs, and dancing mice. Even the family cat, Snowball II, is seen between the walls from time to time. However, the lived-in spaces are usually kept neat by Marge. In the episode "Homer's Enemy", Frank Grimes - who lives in a single room above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley - describes it as a "palace". In another episode, Moe Szyslak observes that it contains no silverfish. Many episodes in which Springfield is hit by extreme heatwaves indicate that the air-conditioning system in the Simpson home is either broken or nonexistent. If the Simpson home does have central air, it is more than likely broken and the Simpsons simply cannot afford to get it fixed. The house is shown to have a gas furnace, as well as gas for the stove, water heater, and dryer. In one episode, Homer reroutes the gas line to turn a totem pole into a fire-breathing "God," filling the whole house with gas in the process. In a flashback episode, Homer steals Ned Flanders' air conditioner and installs it in his own house. The air conditioner stolen from Flanders is a window unit, indicating that neither the Simpson nor Flanders residence has central air. Ned, however, can afford window units.
In The Simpsons Movie, the house and all of the family's possessions are completely destroyed by a sink hole in Maggie's sandbox, which expands after the Simpsons escape through it and the police shoot bullets into it. At the end of the film, the townsfolk and the family themselves rebuild the house in exactly the same manner as it was before, restoring the "status quo". The opening sequence and the couch gag of "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs" shows the house still under construction, along with the whole town rebuilding after the events of the movie.
Address and phone number
The house's address was inconsistent in earlier seasons, with various house numbers on Evergreen Terrace including 1094, 1092, 59, 94, 430, 723, and 1024, as well as one address on a different street (430 Spalding Way). In "Homer's Triple Bypass", "742 Evergreen Terrace" was assigned to a completely different house where Snake hides from the police and Rev. Lovejoy lives next door.
The phone number is inconsistent between episodes, though always starting with 555. According to "A Tale of Two Springfields," the area code was 636 before the events of that episode and 939 thereafter.
|The Simpsons House|
The house in 2007, after having been remodeled to remove details relating to the television series
|Town or city||712 Red Bark Lane, Henderson, Clark County, Nevada 89011|
|Construction started||May–June 1997|
|Size||2,200 square feet|
|Design and construction|
|Client||Unknown contest winner|
|Architect||Michael Woodley, Manny Gonzalez|
A replica of the house at 742 Evergreen Terrace, known as The Simpsons House, was constructed in 1997 by California-based Kaufman and Broad homebuilders at 712 Red Bark Lane in Henderson, Nevada. The house was designed to closely mimic the design of the animated house in The Simpsons television series.
The $120,000 house was constructed for use as the grand prize in a contest known as "The Simpsons House Give Away", sponsored by Pepsi, Fox, and the homebuilder. The contest was announced on July 10, 1997. The rules of the contest stipulated that the winner either accept the house or a $75,000 cash payment. In addition, the winner of the house, if they chose to occupy it, was contractually obligated to repaint the exterior in accordance with local homeowner's association rules. Contest entries were included on various Pepsi products and 15 million were submitted nationally. The winner was Barbara Howard from Richmond, Kentucky. Howard chose not to accept the house, instead taking a cash payment per the contest rules. In 2001, after removing most of the details relating to the television series, the house was sold by the builder to another owner.
The house, located in what was permanently named Springfield South Valley Ranch subdivision, took 49 days to build and was unveiled to the public on August 1, 1997. Construction on the house was nearly complete by July 1997, and by September 1997 thousands of people were lining up to see the finished product. Between August 13, 1997 (when the home was first opened to the public) and September 1, 1997, 20,000 people visited the house, in the end, more than 30,000 people visited The Simpsons House. The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening, visited the house in September 1997.
The Simpsons House was designed by Kaufman and Broad homebuilders. The primary designer was Mike Woodley, Senior Vice President of Architecture at KB Home. Manny Gonzalez was the project's supervising architect. The project was first conceived when designers were working on 3D-visualizations at Fox Interactive for the video game Virtual Springfield.
In preparation for the project the design team viewed episodes of The Simpsons to use as a guide for the home's design. Dozens of episodes were viewed so that the design was drawn directly from the animation. Early on it became clear that the cartoon house was not structurally sound; in the show the home has no load bearing walls. The finished replica, however, met all building codes. The architects focused their efforts on Bart's bedroom and the television room, making sure those rooms were as close to the reality of the series as possible. One of the challenges architects faced was the constantly changing nature of the onscreen house. For instance, the bay window has changed shape through the years.
When it was constructed the four-bedroom, two-story house was painted bright yellow and baby blue on its exterior, to resemble the exterior of 742 Evergreen Terrace. The house included exterior details from The Simpsons such as Bart's treehouse, a swing set, and a back yard barbecue. The 2,200-square-foot (200 m2) house also has two bathrooms, and two front bay windows, again, mimicking the cartoon house. The supervising architect characterized the house as "90 percent normal". For example, the first floor was concrete and the upstairs floor was sanded-down plywood that had been painted. The lot size necessitated the house be just 40 feet (12 m) wide, compared to the cartoon house, which is at least 50 feet (15 m) wide.
Before it was altered, the interior rooms were designed to mirror those in the series. The television room included the favorite spot of Simpson dad, Homer, the large sofa. On the wall hung the distinctive sailboat painting. The living room had brightly painted walls, matching those in the series, and a two-tone orange fireplace. The kitchen kept up the motif, featuring the checkered linoleum floor. The house included 1,500 Simpsons-themed props, such as Duff Beer cans and the corn cob curtains in the kitchen. Some of the paint colors used on the interior included "Power Orange," "Generator Green," and "Pink Flamingo".
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