|Hitch touring the house in the famed trailer|
|House by the Railroad (1925)|
The Bates House of course! And this is no mere speculation, Hitch openly acknowledged the influence of the painting on his design of the house. And really, it works. On a mere architectural note, both are uncannily similar Victorians with a tall main tower and small porch out front. There are differences, yes, but in the most basic sense, they are very similar.
|House by the Railroad (1925): detail|
|The Psycho set in 1960|
Of note, the set for the Bates House was used and recycled by Universal for years. It showed up in a Western film, the later Psycho remakes, even in an episode of Murder, She Wrote. It's been moved, renovated, un-renovated, but stands: a lonely reminder of one of the greatest horror films ever made.
|from the Murder, She Wrote episode "Incident on Lot #7"|