1910 – Perryopolis, PA (Silence of the Lambs)

SOLD / Archived From 2015
Added to OHD on 8/19/15 - Last OHD Update: 2/17/18 - 39 Comments
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  • $224,900
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 2334 Sq Ft
  • 0.8 Ac.
An outstanding home, nestled in a quaint village, this 1910 Princess Anne home is a standout Perhaps that is why it was chosen to be featured in the Silence of the Lambs movie A near perfect expression of comfort w its wraparound verandah or its prominent staircase of paneled walls of oak, this home is a statement of taste and prosperity Plentiful outdoor activities from the inground pool, oversized shop/garage, or nearby fishing, hiking and even boating Take a peek inside to see why this home is famous.
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Dianne Wilk, Re/Max Select Realty      412.997.5850
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39 Comments on 1910 – Perryopolis, PA (Silence of the Lambs)

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  1. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks for sharing this Sue!

    To note, basement scenes were filmed on a sound stage.

  2. AvatarMelody says: 426 comments

    The caboose pool house is simply wonderful.
    Interesting that the back staircase is off the ‘winter parlor’ and not the kitchen. How often was that the arrangement?

    Lots and lots of wallpaper to exile… 🙁

    • AvatarDianne Wilk says: 5 comments

      The reason the steps went into the winter parlor…most home don’t have a,winter parlor…was they would leave the door open to the kitchen to allow the heat to come into the room, as well as from the gas fireplace, and when they went to bed the stairway would allow the heat to rise upstairs. I am the listing agent.

      Regarding wall paper this home has the original horse hair plaster. And one layer of paper. So peeling wall paper off real plaster walls is relatively eady. The paper is period correct. The owner says that the walls have never been painted underneath. So no lead paint.

  3. AvatarLinnie says: 8 comments

    Beautiful details that still remain are phenomenal . So many times you see those amazing moldings and built ins torn out or painted over. Love the caboose pool house.

  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4718 comments

    I’d never buy an old house because it had been in a movie with the sole exception being the “Bates House” in the Alfred Hitchcock movie PSYCHO. The problem with that one was that it was a set on a movie lot because Hitchcock had a rural getaway near the coastal resort town of Santa Cruz, CA. (south of San Francisco) During his drives around the area was the real “Bates” house Second Empire but it was razed before the movie was made yet served as the movie set model. I’ve never seen the Silence of the Lambs but know about its plot. As for the house itself, there’s a term occasionally and informally used to describe a house style as a “Princess Anne” to denote a smaller version of a Queen Anne style house. Although “Princess Anne” has practical value in that it indicates a smaller home, it has not been accepted as an academic architectural term. Nice to include a narrative on the photos as well as room dimensions but some might find that distracting-better would be to put that information into a floor plan to see the layout of the house. The Octagonal hallway, formal entry and pocket doors indicate an architect designed home. Nice to have a pool (with a caboose pool house) but I wonder how many weeks out of the year are warm enough in this locale to make use of the pool? The gazebo, nearness to the river, and large garage/shop space outbuilding are additional pluses. Perryopolis, a town of about 1,700, is approx. 51 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in an area rich in old architecture but not economically very prosperous in recent decades. The drive to Pittsburgh includes toll roads according to the Google map. All-in-all, the property seems fairly priced and move-in ready.

    • FaiAnnFaiAnn says: 4 comments

      I’ve lived in this area my entire life. The property is less than 20 miles from my home and close enough that people I know are acquainted with the owners (one of which is a former teacher). As for the warmth, It’s plenty warm in SW Pa between the months of May-Sept. It is currently 80+ Degrees here and there has been a long standing drought that has just recently ended as of a few days past. As for getting to Pittsburgh from here, there’s only a toll if you take 43. You can get to Pittsburgh just as easily from Rt. 51 which passes through Perryopolis. The home is actually back behind the town of Perryopolis in a smaller subsection known as Layton. The entire film of Silence of the Lambs was largely filmed in the Pittsburgh area and surrounding towns because the diverse architecture allowed for the constant location changes involved in the storyline without the expensive price tag of actually carting the cast and crew around. I will agree with you that Fayette County (where Perryopolis is located) is one of the poorest counties in all of Pennsylvania with a per capita income of just over $19,000. Jobs are slim pickings around here and there is a lot of disrepair both in the state of the structures and in the psyches of the people who live here. The area really never recovered from the end of the coal era. Many people are part of generations of coal miner families (my own included). Once the mines started getting closed down people lost their livlihoods and many moved away to seek more prosperous environs. That being said, there is A TON of history here. Fort Necessity, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Former Secretary of Treasury (1801-1814) Albert Gallatin’s home are all located in the county.

    • AvatarSapphy says: 417 comments

      The Bates house has always been my dream home too, John.

    • AvatarJohn R. Huff Jr. says: 191 comments

      Do you know if there exists and have you seen a photo of the original Bates House from which the film model was constructed? I can’t seem to find any historical information.

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4718 comments

        All I know is reading somewhere that Mr. Hitchcock used to drive by this house and I think it was perched on a hillside near Santa Cruz. Online sources are far from agreed upon the actual house the Bates mansion was modeled after. At one time, there was a posted B & W photo of a very similar looking house near Santa Cruz but I can no longer find it. Architect E.C. Hussey published a planbook of house designs reprinted as Cottage Architecture of Victorian America by Dover Publications. I noted a number of designs in the book with close similarities to the Psycho house. Only someone who might have been involved in the original movie set construction could likely shed light on the actual source. The controversy continues…

    • AvatarDianne Wilk says: 5 comments

      You are spot on what the Princess Anne. The house is about 2500 Sq feet not counting the attic. The gas industry has been a boom to the area. And the home is not that far from many major areas of employment. If I placed the home 25 miles west down I-70 the house would double in value. Highway access is quite good. Schools are really great. I am the realtor.

  5. AvatarPhil says: 23 comments

    Love the old Carriage House out back. Wish they had some images showing its interior.

    Does the Home have a Basement? ( One would expect it would I think…even if not the same one as was featured in the Movie.)

    ( Indeed, I’d be renting that Wall Paper Steamer before moving in ).

  6. AvatarSapphy says: 417 comments

    I was hoping to see Mrs. Lipman’s tub! Only fans of the movie will get that one though 😉

  7. Avatartapiola says: 37 comments

    Hmmm.. Welcome to Belvedere Ohio–Buffalo Bill has really spruced the place up! And put in a POOL!

    Honestly though, the only things I recognize from the film, besides the exterior, are a couple of the fireplaces. The mantelpiece with the columns is in there. I seem to remember a big roll of plastic sitting on it and thinking “yeah, wonder what he needed all that plastic wrap for!” The grand staircase would be a memorable feature, but it isn’t in the film. I think what is called the “winter parlor” in these pictures is the room they ultimately walk into when Buffalo Bill is pretending to look for a business card. When Agent Starling confronts him he darts through the rear door on the right into what is supposed to be the kitchen but appears to be the dining room in these pictures. Perplexing since I remember a shot from inside the kitchen looking back towards these rooms where you see his gun sitting on the stove next to some nasty dirty frying pan. May have to dial it up on netflix tonight & try to piece it all together!

    • AvatarSapphy says: 417 comments

      You seem to remember the movie fairly well, Tapiola. I remember the roll of plastic on the mantle too. It was so out of place. As were all the moths flying about. But you honestly don’t remember Mrs. Lipman’s tub? I don’t think i’ll ever forget that part. It was so unsettling in both the context and the symbolism. It was a great movie, with a lot of depth to the characters, however disturbing. That’s something we don’t often see in Hollywood.

      • Avatartapiola says: 37 comments

        Oh yes I remember the tub for sure! That is a favorite film of mine. I saw it in the theaters when it first came out (I was 12) & it made quite a lasting impression. What do you interpret the scene with the discovery of Mrs. Lippman’s remains in the bathtub to mean symbolically, as you say? I think it is a great “ah ha” moment where we find out what REALLY happened to her when Buffalo Bill “took over this house 2 years ago,” but I’ve never thought of it as having symbolic meaning on the larger stage. The murder of the mother figure perhaps? I don’t know!

        • AvatarSapphy says: 417 comments

          This talk is right up my alley. I love discussing characters, psychology and symbolism! What i thought was so significant about the scene is that he obviously killed poor Mrs. Litman [everyone misspells her name as “Lipman” and i did too in my first post] and took over her home. But the symbolic part of it is that Mrs. Litman was Jewish, and since Buffalo Bill/Jame Gumb clearly seemed to favor Nazi memorabilia [as in the swastika bedspread he has on his own bed], it stands to reason that he somehow viewed Mrs. Litman as “beneath” him, and therefore had no qualms about murdering her and taking over her home. Here we get a glimpse into the odd psychology of Bill/Jame Gumb. He hates who he is [due to his gender issues], and this is a catalyst which makes him attack someone else who might have been a target of another type of crime had it been 50 years earlier. Instead of identifying with her, and what could have been her own plight, he lashes out and does the unthinkable to her. Now whether Bill/Jame realized what he was doing was quite another subject, but his victims were all people who might be thought of as underdogs/outcasts of one sort or another. Some might say that he secretly desired to harm himself for his own “shortcomings”, but lashed out at others with different type of “shortcomings” [in his eyes] instead. This is in NO WAY an anti-Semitic statement!!!! I am merely pointing out that the creator of this character put some thought into his character’s psychology when creating him. And that is what makes great writing. And characters!

    • AvatarHalley says: 4 comments

      Maybe this will be helpful (if OHD will allow me to post a link…):


      Looks like they walk past the main stair (but you’re right, it isn’t shown), into the dinning room. You can see the built in hutch when he gets the cards and then drops them and runs into the kitchen.

      • AvatarSapphy says: 417 comments

        I don’t think that’s the built-in hutch. Or at least not the same one as the one in the movie. The built-in hutch doesn’t have a door near it, like the one in the movie does. I think that was just a regular hutch that was set in the dining room and by the kitchen door.

    • AvatarDianne Wilk says: 5 comments

      The front door -she knocks on the storm doir- the entry way -he lets her in and you can see the oocket foors snd part if living room- the dining room where Jame fumbles w the business cards- and the kitchen- he scsmpers away-were all used in film. The outside as well when they all come out of the house. The old school bus along the rail road tracks is still there though not do yellow today . Lots of movie magic was done.

    • AvatarSweet Pea says: 1 comments

      I believe the dining room is the room where “Bill” is rifling through the business cards. The fireplace is correct as is the buil-in glass-doored china cabinet. And, it appears that the kitchen IS located adjacent to the dining room, where “Bill” makes his quick exit.

  8. AvatarPhil says: 23 comments

    I am not able to note any basis of comparison between the Home shown top of this page, and the one seen in the Movie “Silence of the Lambs”…inside or out.

    What am I missing?

  9. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The built-in in the dining room is the same one that he stands in front of when he is looking for the sons phone number. After watching the part of the movie, she knocks on the front door, comes in through the entry (you can almost see the bottom of the staircase and one of the shots the camera was on the staircase looking down). They then move into the dining room, he stands in front of the same built-in and you can see the shot of the fireplace in that scene. Then they go through the kitchen and she goes downstairs, the basement was a sound stage.

    • AvatarSapphy says: 417 comments

      Ah! I was looking at the photo of the “original built-in pantry”, and that’s definitely not the same one that he’s standing in front of when he’s going through the business cards. I didn’t realize you were talking about the built-in hutch in the dining room. That’s definitely the same one.

  10. AvatarPhil says: 23 comments

    I am not able to locate any Built In Glass Door Hutch or large Cabinet in any of the images on this page…nor any such style Fireplace Mantle…while the scene referenced above, from the Film, shows such a Hutch or Cabinet and Mantle…so..I am not seeing anything whatever to suggest this is the same House.

    • Avatartapiola says: 37 comments

      The photo captioned “built in china” in the above pictures shows the room where the primary scene in the house occurs. Taken from a different side of the room than that from which the scene was shot, but you can recognize the mantelpiece by its columns and brown/white tile surround.

  11. AvatarThomas Delegram says: 3 comments

    The road that goes from Perryopolis to Layton goes through a tunnel and then immediately onto a steel structure bridge across the river into the town. That tunnel & bridge was originally built and used by a railroad and then converted for auto use. They both appear in several scenes in the TV drama “Justified”

  12. AvatarSue A. says: 1 comments

    Hello. I am wondering about original owners and those who lived there (House where Silence of the Lambs was filmed) shortly after.—Need names. My mom grew up in Layton and is trying to figure out what house this was.—–Possibly an aunt and uncle that really didn’t associate with the rest of the family.—–However, she can’t remember their names, but would recognize if she heard it. Thanks.

  13. AvatarDianne Wilk says: 5 comments

    Lloyds have owned it for nearly 40 years. They are only 4th owners. The original owners and second owners were related. The 3rd owner lived there only 18 months, and then the Lloyds came along. I know who original owners were but I don’t have the full brochure with me here at home. I want to say original owners first name was Bessie.

  14. SueSue says: 1175 comments
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    1802 Cape

    How did I miss this house? I think it is wonderful inside and out. The only deterrent I could see is the double set of train tracks running along the property line. Depending on the frequency of trains.

    • AvatarDianne Wilk-Realtor with Re/Max Select Realty-cell 412.997.5850 says: 1 comments

      Hi Sue

      I don’t know where you are from, but perhaps you are not local to the area, and are not looking for a home? The home was all over the internet, since it was used as the home for the fictitious killer in the movie, Silence of the Lambs.

      The line is an active line, and there is no way I can give you an accurate assessment of the train frequency. I would think it would all depend on customers of the rail service, and their need of moving goods. It’s not like a bus route that is set in stone for a period of time. I can tell you you could be there for 2 hours and not a train comes by, or you could be there 2 hours and 3 trains go by. If the train is a no-go for you, then it’s not your home.

      I can tell you that inside the home, when the train goes by you won’t feel the train in the floor boards, nor will you have to turn the TV up or raise your voice. If you are in the back of the home in the kitchen, if you were i.e. talking on the phone, you might not even know it went by since you wouldn’t see it. You would hear the whistle, but I think over time, even that you just get used to. But its not disturbing to me, or to anyone who has come to the house, that I have talked to, and what they have said to me. Most love the train. The home isn’t that far away from a crossing. My understanding is (verify this comment to your comfort level) the railroads are required to blow their whistle, and they are required to slow down to a specific speed. There are also radio towers in the area, so the R/R knows exactly where the train is at any given time. I believe its like GPS, so my guess is (i.e.) if a conductor is driving carelessly the information would be recorded, and I would imagine that information is radioed back and constantly monitored. So no getting around the boss knowing. I would think the train line might even be monitored by a government service for safety, etc..

      The home is gorgeous.

      I am an agent, working on the seller’s behalf. If you wish to have further information, please call me on my cell. 412.997.5850. All showings will require that you share your name, address, phone number with me, as a preapproval letter from a bank if you are financing the home, or a letter showing funds available if you are paying cash. The seller has made this a requirement since we have had too many ‘gawkers’ who want their picture taken at the front door, etc., because of the movie.

  15. AvatarKen Darney says: 83 comments

    What, no pictures of the basement and the pit? Just kidding, i’m aware that those scenes were all done on a sound stage. I saw a TV interview of the owners several months back and they said that the number one question they were asked about the house was about the pit in the basement. Beautiful, well maintained house with an interesting, if fleeting, claim to fame.

  16. AvatarDavid says: 1 comments

    My name is David. I’m the new owner if the Buffalo Bill house in Layton PA. This historic house is not only charming with detailed stairwells and irregular shaped rooms, it is timeless given the fame it received from the movie. I may consider putting it up for rent this Spring.

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