The house featured on the cover of the Now and Then
album was bought by Karen and Richard Carpenter for their parents in 1970, with the earnings from their breakthrough hit "(They Long to Be) Close to You
." Fans of the Carpenters refer to this relatively modest 5-bedroom house in suburban Downey, California, as their Graceland. It was in a specially constructed annex at the Carpenters' 'Graceland,' that the siblings recorded their songs. It was also here that tragedy struck, when in 1983, the anorexic Karen collapsed and died.