Before filming in Hollywood, David Lynch made a name for himself in Philadelphia, where he met his first wife, had his first child, and discovered his love of filmmaking.
Now Fairmount’s Aspen St. The one-bedroom house at 2494 is for sale for $ 325,000. Lynch just bought it $ 3,500 In 1967.
Potential buyers can purchase 810 square feet of three-story space, central air conditioner և patio, one listing: says. There are unique nuances, such as the original pine wood flooring and the vintage crown design. The house was built in 1923 and last sold in 2015 in Zillow Reports:
Nowadays, Fairmount is known for its historic character, next to the Museum of Art, the Arley Island Penitentiary, and Philadelphia’s largest park. But the district was very different when Lynch was there.
“It was full of fear, of corruption, it was dirty,” he told the Philadelphia Weekly in March. “There was dirt on the buildings, there was a lot of madness in the air, a feeling that was very disturbing.”
The family car was stolen, robbed twice, and shot at the windows of the house. strong fear և violence Lynch was brought up for the first time in a sheltered upbringing, which had a profound effect on his artistic vision.
“It was my biggest inspiration, this Philadelphia city,” he said. “It was the best place for me, I just liked it.”
Lynch came to Philadelphia In 1966 to study painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. It was there that he met his first wife, from whom he would eventually divorce, Peggy Lenz. They married in 1967, and in 1968 they had their first child, Jennifer.
In addition to school, Lynch began working as an engraver in Germantown. He attended a theater called The Band Box:where he was able to watch a new wave of European neorealist films.
While in Philadelphia, Lynch wanted to see his paintings come to life. This led him to focus on animation, producing several short films for the Academy.
This included his absurd horror film. “Alphabet:, Which was shot at Aspen Street, starring Lenz. It was based on a nightmare his niece had, where he constantly pronounced the alphabet.
To get the desired effect, Lynch painted the walls of the living room completely black and the woman’s face white. This caused a terrible contrast.
After that, he wrote the script for the 30-minute film: “GrandmotherIt is about a boy who comes with an imaginary grandmother to help him cope with his cruel parents. The American Film Institute has awarded a grant to Lynch to produce a film in Philadelphia.
It was then that Lynch decided he wanted to focus entirely on cinema. He moved his family to Los Angeles in 1970 to attend the AFI Conservatory.
However, Philadelphia had a big impact on his feature film debut.Rubber cap“, A surreal horror film set in the brutal industrial image of the city, on which he worked for five years at the conservatory. The film’s gloomy, industrial aesthetic could inform many of Lynch’s other works.
Lynch did not return to Philadelphia for 42 years. He first returned in 2012 when the Academy organized an exhibition featuring his old paintings.
Phil had changed tremendously by then.
“I remember when the city was gray, dirty, spoiled and ugly, a real mess and a real character,” Lynch said at the time. Philadelphia Weekly:. “Everything is as bright and shining now as any other city.”
“I preferred it the way it was,” he said.