The Lovecraft Country House and the Ardham Massachusetts Town

Atticus Freeman and Leti Lewis
Posted by
Lovecraft Country is a story of racism in the United States mixed with H. P. Lovecraft-inspired otherworldly horror monsters. Set in the 1950's Jim Crow America, the series is an adaptation of the 2016 dark fantasy horror novel by Matt Ruff of the same name.

The story revolves around a young black man, Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance), and his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett), embarked on a road trip across the country to Ardham, Massachusetts, in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), and J. J. Abrams are also involved in this project, which started shooting in 2018.

Lovecraft Country is partially set and filmed in Chicago and several towns in Illinois. Some major sections of the show were also recorded in Georgia. We will be updating this spoiler-free report every week with new details and all the filming locations of this highly anticipated HBO production:

Where was Lovecraft Country filmed?

Lovecraft Country city
Film crews transformed the area at West 18th Street and S Laflin St in the Pilsen neighborhood into the 1950s' Chicago. George's bookstore and workshop is located in one of the corners. The facades of some storefronts were completely modified to resemble the look of decades ago. The Denmark Vesey's Bar under the South Side Rapid Transit Railroad "L" tracks (short for "elevated"), is the L&L Tavern at 3207 N Clark in Lake View.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of HBO - Chicago / Bar


The town location in Illinois
In the first episode, the trio do a detour into the fictional town of Simmonsville, to check out a diner featured in The Safe Negro Travel Guide. This scene was filmed in the small town of Elburn, Illinois, which has preserved many period buildings in Main Street in downtown. The restaurant is actually called Old Elburn Hall.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


Arkham MA
Before that, the travelers stopped briefly in Woodstock (McHenry County) to film a scene in Main St. Local media also reported that the series was filming in Hebron, La Salle, and Marengo. The studio work took place at Cinespace Film Studios in Chicago and Blackhall Studios in Atlanta. Image courtesy of HBO - Map


Lovecraft Country drehort
The scenes in the woods in Devon County were shot at White Pines Forest State Park, located in the heart of the Rock River valley and the Black Hawk Indian country in Mount Morris (Illinois). The 385-acre park, established in 1924, is known for hosting the southernmost remaining stand of native white pine trees. The scene of the group walking covered in blood after the nightmarish experience in the cabin was filmed at Haralson Mill Wooden Covered Bridge near Conyers, Georgia. Image courtesy of HBO - Park / Bridge


Ardham Massachusetts
Does Mr. Titus Braithwhite's Lodge ring a bell? If you watched the Netflix hit horror series The Haunting of Hill House you may have recognized the Bisham Manor in LaGrange, Georgia. The English Tudor-style home was enlarged via CGI for the Lovecraftian series. Built in the 1920s and extensively refurbished between 1997 and 2002, this private residence was used as a wedding venue for a few years. The new owners contacted us to clarify that the house has returned to its original 1920’s name, Alta Vista. Australian actress and model Abbey Lee plays Christina Braithwhite, daughter of the Sons of Adam leader, Samuel (Tony Goldwyn).
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


Order of Ancient Dawn lodge
If The Haunting of Hill House interiors were mostly a set constructed in a soundstage, this time the Lovecraft Country series made use of the hall and the oaken staircase of Bisham Manor for filming (pictured above). The rooms, corridors, and the glass domed ceremony hall of the Order of Ancient Dawn lodge (below) were built in a studio. The collapsing house seems a crossover with Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher.  
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


Lovecraft Country House
In episode 3, Leti buys a 13 rooms run-down mansion in Chicago called the Winthrop House. We also immediately recognized the remarkable Parrott-Camp-Soucy House as soon as we saw it - The House with a Clock in Its Walls 2018 movie filmed the exteriors of the enchanted magic mansion in this magnificent 1840's Second Empire-style Victorian estate. Looking like something out of a fairy tale, this is one of the most photographed houses in Georgia. Located at 155 Greenville Street South in Newnan Atlanta, this private property home was also featured in the 2012 Disney movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


The Museum hall
The Marshall Field and Company store is the triangular 18-story skyscraper Hurt Building in Atlanta.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps

And where is the Boston Museum? Can you help to improve this article about the shooting locations of Lovecraft Country? To complete and correct this report, any feedback, info, or images that you may have are more than welcome, thank you!

NOTICE: If you’re using this information on your website, please credit and link to this page as a source.
*****

5 comments

  1. Carson’s department store, picture above is the interior of the Hurt Building in Atlanta

    ReplyDelete
  2. The museum was the Healey Building in downtown Atlanta.

    ReplyDelete

All comments are reviewed prior to publication