Pottermore has released an article explaining how the Tenement Museum in New York was one of the inspirations for the interiors to the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie.
The Tenement Museum, a five-storey high building of 20 apartments in which immigrants would once have lived. Walk into the right apartment and it’s like time traveling back to the 1920s.
On the set of Fantastic Beasts, the influence of this place and this trip is obvious. The exterior of Jacob’s apartment could be modeled directly on one of these tenement apartment buildings. The red-brick walls of the Goldsteins’ apartment are just right. The little row of shops at the bottom of the residential buildings is accurate to the time. The production design team imported details of a bygone era to their own set impeccably – any historian would be spellbound.
Moore family apartment, the Tenement Museum. Photo by Keiko Niwa.
The Tenement Museum, 97 Orchard Street. Photo by Liz Clayman.