"The Americans" episode "Darkroom" (premiered May 9, 2017)
I never expected to find a reference to the Iverson Movie Ranch in the show, but I did spot something in a recent episode that qualifies at least as an intriguing coincidence.
Adobe Village, Lower Iverson Movie Ranch (ca. 1950)
Is it just me, or does the adobe village in the "Americans" art bear a striking resemblance to the village that stood in the Iverson Gorge in the late 1940s and into the 1950s?
"Arizona Territory" (1950): Iverson's Adobe Village
The Iverson Ranch's Adobe Village appeared regularly in movies and TV shows during the decade or so that it was in place in the heavily filmed Iverson Gorge, roughly 1944-1954.
Lobby card for the 1944 Columbia serial "Black Arrow"
The Iverson adobes also found their way into movie posters and lobby cards. This one includes a note at the bottom that wouldn't fly these days.
Hopi House, Grand Canyon, Ariz.
It may be that both the Iverson Adobe Village and the "Americans" art draw inspiration from the Hopi House on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, built as a living museum by architect Mary Colter in 1904.
"Hopi House," Iverson Ranch (ca. 1950)
In fact, the Iverson family is known to have referred to the largest structure in the Iverson Ranch Adobe Village as the "Hopi House."
Hopi village in Oraibi, Ariz. (ca. 1899)
The Grand Canyon's Hopi House is said to be inspired by the much older Hopi village in Oraibi, Ariz.
Lobby card for "Outlaw Country" (1949)
In this lobby card for the Western Adventure B-Western "Outlaw Country," Lash LaRue stands on the first-story roof of Iverson's three-story "Hopi House."
"Outlaw Country": Lash LaRue on the Hopi House
Here's Lash in almost the same spot, from the movie. While the movie shots aren't nearly as sharp as the lobby card, it's interesting to compare the two shots, which were presumably taken during the same filming session.
"Black Arrow" (1944)
The "Black Arrow" lobby card, from four or five years earlier, appears to show the same section of the adobes seen in the Lash LaRue sequence. "Black Arrow" is the earliest production I've run across that featues these adobes, and it may be that they were built for the serial.