Remembering Harold Ramis: See 3 Homes Featured in His Films
In honor of the late actor/director/writer, we’re taking a look at homes featured in three of his most notable films: Animal House, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.
Animal HouseHarold Ramis, the comedic actor, director and writer who passed away on Feb. 24, 2014, began his much-lauded film career after leaving Second City Television in the late '70s. In 1978, National Lampoon’s Animal House – co-written by Ramis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller – earned $141 million at the box office, breaking records for comedies. The film follows the rowdy members of Delta Tau Chi fraternity at fictional Faber College, and the fraternity house is featured prominently throughout the movie. The exterior shots of the Delta House were filmed at an actual residence in Eugene, Ore.: the Dr. A.W. Patterson House. Once owned by a doctor and surveyor who plotted part of Eugene, the home later became a chapter house for Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity until 1967. Unfortunately, the home fell into disrepair and was demolished in 1986.
GhostbustersRamis co-wrote and starred in the 1984 film Ghostbusters, which also features Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver. The movie – a critical and box office success – was filmed in several places around New York and Los Angeles, including the Hook & Ladder 8 firehouse in Tribeca. Still a working firehouse (and a popular tourist stop for fans of the film), the exterior is quite recognizable as the headquarters of the Ghostbusters business.
Groundhog DayThis 1993 film has been called Ramis’ masterpiece. Groundhog Day stars Bill Murray as Phil Connors, a TV weatherman who finds himself in a time loop, where every day is – you guessed it – Groundhog Day. Phil wakes up each morning at a bed and breakfast in Punxsutawney, Pa., but the B&B’s exteriors were actually filmed at a house in Woodstock, Ill. – and it’s currently on the market for $985,000. Known as the Royal Victorian Manor, the home was built in 1895 but has been totally renovated. It has eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and it’s located within walking distance of historic Woodstock Square. See the Listing on Zillow >>
When he wasn't directing or starring in comedy classics, Ramis also spent time in this country estate in Ojai, Calif., which he once owned. Built in 1923 by prominent California architect Wallace Neff, the home was sold by actress Reese Witherspoon last year.