|Bates Family House|
|Location:||4019 Highway 88 White Pine Bay, Oregon|
|Type:||Two-Story Second Empire Victorian Home|
Dylan Massett (former)
Keith Summers (former)†
Maggie Summers (former)
The Bates family house is a two and a half story Second Empire Victorian in White Pine Bay, Oregon, which serves as the residence of the Bates family (including Dylan Massett). In front of the house is the Bates Motel. According to Norma on the phone with the police, the home's address is 4019 Highway 88 in White Pine Bay.
The house was built in 1912 by Keith Summers' great-great-grandfather, and supposedly holds dirty secrets. The Summers family lost the house to the bank, along with the motel, which were both later bought by Norma Bates in 2013 using the insurance money from her former husband Sam's death. After a series of incidents on the property Norma attempted to sell the home, but later found out the property was not worth what she had bought it for, making it an "underwater" investment. Her plans for the home were to put in "light, linen drapes, and fresh peonies" - in addition to her making some handmade curtains for above the kitchen sink. Norma and Norman started a garden to the left of the house prior to where the story picks up in Season Two. In Season Four, Norma also had plans to add some fruit trees to the property with the assistance of Alex Romero while Norman was at Pine View. After Norman's death in the series finale, the property appears to having been sold to a young family after the price had been reduced in one of the ending scenes.
The house is a two-story Second Empire Victorian home that sits on a hill behind the Bates Motel with three steep sets of cement steps leading up to it. There are four bedrooms, a full kitchen, a large living room, dining room, mud/laundry room, one full bathroom, a walk-up attic and a full basement with a walk-in freezer (where Norman would later hide Norma's mummified body in Season Five). The house contains a lot of its original Victorian interior, but with some modifications such as Art Deco era and Mid-Century Modern lighting. The house predominately has 13-foot ceilings in most of the rooms. The house also contains a butler's pantry leading from the kitchen into the dining room, as well as another located in the hallway in between the kitchen and the entrance hallway. The house contains at least two stained glass windows (one located in the hallway on the far wall leading to the kitchen and one in the dining room), as well as a lot of similarly acid-etched windows depicting "The Victorian Flower Garden" pattern. The home also has eight gas lighting fixtures that have been electrified (being the living room chandelier and living room wall sconces) that have their gas keys on the respective arms visible. The kitchen at the rear of the home has a large screened in porch off of it that has many pieces of vintage furniture and decorations. The home itself is decorated with many pieces of antique and vintage furnishings, more notably from the late Victorian to early Art Deco era, including some from the early Mid-Century Modern period showing the home has gone through progression but notably stopping at the 1960's.
The living room, main hallway on both floors, and in Norma's bedroom all feature full arched entrances either plastered supported by wooden corbels or trimmed out, adding to the architectural magnificence of the home. The home has flat-paneled five panel arranged doors with decorative moldings on all the doors that don't have etched glass panels in them. One door in Norma's bedroom to the left of her bed is a 1920's two panel door that is presumably a closet that is never shown as being opened.
The kitchen maintains its beautiful porcelain tiled countertops, wooden cabinets (with leaded glass inserts in the upper cabinets), rounded corner displays flanking the ends of the upper cabinets, yellow and jadeite linoleum floors, paired wooden windows and wooden doors with a swinging door into the dining room with a built-in breezeway china display to the left of it above a built-in radiator.
Dylan's bedroom is above the kitchen, with a half-rounded window facing west and the room matching the pitch with a half-mansard roofline like Norman's room, even though Norman's room sits lower than Dylan's. This room also is the second with visible wallpaper on it, the first being the dining room.
- The house itself is outdated being supposedly built in 1912. The Second Empire style ended in the 1890's.
- According to both Norma and Norman throughout the series, the property is located about a "mile or two" from town and it is a lovely walk there.
- When it comes to modern amenities in the home, lighting and some furniture notably stop at 1960, an homage to the original film Psycho.
- The home predominately has lighting from the 1920's installed in it, a majority of fixtures being early Art Deco era pan lights on the ceiling, some schoolhouse style milk glass light fixtures, and Art Nouveau inspired wall sconces on the second floor. The first floor has both Victorian era combination gas/electric wall sconces and Mission style wall sconces in the entryway and basement.
- The home is heated using a gas furnace (a major plot point of Season Four), but also has built-in radiators underneath windows covered by paneled screens.
- In the Season 4 episode "Refraction", Chick Hogan comments that the house is a Queen Anne Victorian, however the house architecturally is a Second Empire Victorian.
- The tall stained glass window was broken in a fit of rage by Rebecca Hamilton in the episode "Lights of Winter".
- At the end of Season 4, another entrance is added to the Bates home towards the back from the main hall to the left of the tall stained glass window. It was not present on the interior or exterior for the first three seasons. The only thing that had been there previously was an etched glass double-arched window pocket door, always having been closed previously.
- Throughout the series, the home gains features like the vintage Minneapolis thermostat and wall vents not previously seen that assist with the storyline.
- In one scene in the Season Two episode "Meltdown", at time mark 35:49 Norma accidentally takes off the newel post cap with her hand, which is fixed in the next shot.
- In one scene in the Season Four episode "A Danger to Himself and Others", at time mark 35:50 when Norman breaks open the door from Mother's bedroom into his, the door slammed open so hard the wall sconce in Norman's bedrooms falls off the wall and the glass shade shatters. In future scenes it has been repaired.
- A majority of the light switch plates and light fixtures were reproductions sourced from retailers like Vintage Lighting and House of Antique Hardware.
- In Season Two, the entry to the basement stairs was just a landing, with the arched door visible starting in Season Three.
- In the Season Three episode "The Pit", the iron roof cresting atop the mansard roof is missing from the home. This was because a strong storm had pulled some of it off before filming so it was removed, repaired and subsequently re-installed as seen in future episodes.
- The only rooms in the house with painted woodwork are the mud room, the full bathroom, and the basement.
- In various scenes throughout the series, canopies (the bell shaped piece that meets the ceiling to hide the connection)on light fixtures have fallen down and are put back up, exposing modern electrical boxes. This is seen in Season One and Season Five mostly.
- In some exterior scenes, the front door goes back and forth between being opened and closed depending on the shot.
- In Season Three the stained glass window in the dining room was clear and etched glass, while in Season Five the window turns to colored glass.
- In early February 2017, the Bates house and motel below were demolished shortly after filming of the fifth and final season wrapped.
- According to an article from SyFy Wire about the set of the Netflix hit "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", on the way up to Ambrose's attic bedroom the walls are clad in reclaimed wooden siding salvaged from the Bates home near Langley while it was being dismantled, while "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was filmed close-by in Vancouver.