Bates Motel: Norma Bates’ Iconic Gothic Mansion In Aldergrove, BC Demolished
Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada
Update: The entire property has been razed. Since 2012 fans of the hit A&E television show Bates Motel have been flocking to Aldergrove, BC to catch a glimpse of Norma & Norman’s gothic mansion and the iconic Bates Motel, formerly the Seafairer Motel. With the fifth, and final season currently wrapping up and preparing to air on February 20th, 2017, crews have been working at the set dismantling the gothic manor and motel. The mansion set was used for exterior shots only as the structure was just a front with no actual interiors, while the motel had an actual office and motel suites. YVRShoots first reported the deconstruction on January 25th, and we were at the set this afternoon to document what has been done since. As of today the entire roof structure has been removed, with the largest piece sitting directly to the right of the mansion. Most of the siding, windows, and door frames have also been removed. There has been speculation that the motel section of the set would be staying, at least for now, however many of the motel’s fixtures, including exterior lighting, have been removed and all of the motel room doors were open revealing empty rooms. The set was extremely popular with fans of the show, local tourists, and even people just passing down the road confused as to what it was. We’ve visited the set countless times over the run of the show and will deeply miss its presence. The final season of Bates Motel airs on A&E on February 20th, 2017.
Fun Fact: During filming of season 1 of Bates Motel, the mansion actually did not have a roof, instead the structure stopped at the ceiling of the second storey and the roof was later added in in post production.