Real-Life Buildings Inspired Arconia From ‘Only Murders in the Building’
- Murder mystery drama “There’s Only Murder in the Building” returns for a second season in June.
- The fictional location of the show’s gruesome murder — Aconia — may be more rooted in reality than previously thought.
- The buildings that inspired Aconia were not just ostentatious façades, but were accompanied by quite a few scandals.
Hulu’s hit comedy “There’s Only Murder in the Building” captivates audiences with a modern take on the classic murder mystery, set in the luxury homes of New York’s Upper West Side.
Charles Harden-Savage (Steve Martin), Oliver Putnam (Martin Short), Charles Harden-Savage (Steve Martin), Tim Connor (Julian Hickey), the (Selena Gomez) and Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) find themselves busy clearing their name after their grumpy construction manager Bunny suffers a horrific death in Mabel’s arms – but Not every bit of their breakdown was not captured on their podcast.
While the bloody murders and porn scandals seem too ridiculous to believe, showrunner John Hoffman, who co-created the show with Martin, previously revealed in an interview New York Times The notorious Arconia apartment building was inspired by an actual building on the Upper West Side – Belnord at West 86th Street and Broadway.
“I was fascinated,” Hoffman told The Times. “I knew we could build something as tall as that amazing building. It’s a cliché to say the building itself is a character, but I love the challenge of going beyond that cliché.”
“What makes us leave the apartment to meet people? How well do you know your neighbors? Do you only contact when necessary?” he continued. “It’s really interesting how we come together when we live in these spaces.”
While Belnord does appear in the popular Hulu whodunit series, another luxury apartment building on Broadway between 73rd and 74th Streets may also be the inspiration, with a name more similar to Arconia – Ansonia.
But Belnord and Ansonia aren’t just about their ostentation—they also have their fair share of secrets and scandals, just like their fictional counterparts.