The Greg Brady Project

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My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…

18 Sep
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Brady House Historian Scott Golla

written by Guest Author in Blog, The Brady Bunch | 7 comments

GBP-Brady House Blog

The House That Brady Built

 As a self-professed “Bradyholic,” my obsession has been with the space that surrounded the Brady cast during production. In addition, the mystique that surrounds the North Hollywood house used only for exterior shots is incredible by anyone’s standards. Really, can you think of any other TV house on this planet that has received such fame and pop culture status?

My curiosity about the Brady Bunch house led me to do some research about ranch-style homes, design trends, and the post-WW2 culture that bred them. These homes came out of a culture of optimism (among other things), a virtue which The Brady’s wholeheartedly stood for.

For me, the iconic Brady Bunch house, both in true form as well as fictional form, represents the American ideal, and I’ve always wondered what they looked like from an insider’s perspective. Curious about  both  forms (real and fictional) of the house, I began making sketches of all the Brady spaces a number of years ago. Eventually, I acquired a CAD program for my computer which would allow me to bring my sketches to life. Having spent dozens of hours watching reruns of the show, I’ve gradually developed a “virtual tour” of sorts, which are on both Flickr and You Tube. In the virtual tour, Brady fans are given a perspective of what the set of The Brady Bunch may have looked like from an actor’s perspective. Additionally, this virtual tour also takes viewers through the famous Brady Bunch house in North Hollywood.

The whole project was just a chance for me to have fun, explore, and interact with other Brady fans. Now check out the Brady house like you’ve never seen it before…

Brady House 1

Porkchops and Applesauce Served Here

 

GBP-Brady House 3

The Bradys' Ultra-Modern Living Room

 

Brady House 2

Here is what the entry hall of the REAL Brady Bunch house in L.A. might look like (more or less) from an interior view, which bares very little resemblance to what we saw on the Brady set.

Want to see more? Take my full Brady house tour at Flickr and You Tube.

 

7 Comments

    Shelley Barker
    on Sep. 18th, 2009

    I think this is so fun. I was seven years old when the Brady Bunch first aired. I heard about the show from my best friend. I started to watch it and I am still enjoying the episodes on DVD. My kids are enjoying the shows also. it is fun to share something that was so great in my life with my own children. I’ve been a Brady Bunch fan since the first episode I watched.

    Charlene
    on Sep. 19th, 2009

    Very cool!

    Eric Greenberg
    on Sep. 19th, 2009

    Nicely done Scott!

    Susanna
    on Oct. 10th, 2009

    This is incredible. Thanks for something all Brady-holics can appreciate. I was also one of those people obsessed with the house, and when I was a kid watching the episodes on TV, I would stare at it during the brief moments when it appeared, trying to figure out how all the interior spaces I knew so well mapped to the outside of the house. (It wasn’t until years later that I realized the inside was probably nothing like the outside!)

    Scott Golla
    on Oct. 30th, 2009

    Thanks everybody. It’s been so fun sharing this project with people, I’ve enjoyed it to no end!!!

    jamie
    on May. 17th, 2010

    why do you have that white ceiling wall hanging down (theres 2, im talking about the one on the left) in the studio version of the brady house. im sure it wasnt there. Well not as far down as you have it. Having it that low would empede the view from the top of the stairs to the living room. Like the episode where marcia dreams about marrying a dentist. marcia is at the top of the stairs looking down into the living room, visualising her parents, etc as her married to the dentist guy. watch that episode to see, as well as other episodes where someone is at top of stairs looking down into living room. id like to see that second ceiling wall on the left be removed. ty :)

    Scott Golla
    on Jan. 30th, 2011

    Thanks for your comment, Jamie. The wall you’re speaking of, which hangs over the living room was only used in POV shots from the kitchen in order to hide all the studio lighting overhead. It would have been removed for any living room scenes because, like you say, it would have been an obstruction. My purpose for including the “hanging walls” was to include as through detail as possible. Good observation. :-)

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