|The Guest House|
Strategic Scientific Reserve (formerly)
|Appearances||"The Magical Place" (memory)|
"Yes Men" (mentioned)
"The Writing on the Wall" (memory)
The Guest House was a top-secret storage facility, originally under the aegis of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, then later under S.H.I.E.L.D.. It was utterly destroyed during the events of "T.A.H.I.T.I.".
The facility itself was a heavily fortified underground bunker, which acted as a munitions bunker during World War II. After being acquired by the Strategic Scientific Reserve, it became a facility for classified storage and experimentation. While never formally decommissioned, the facility sustained significant seismic activity damage in the 1950s.
After the SSR reformed and became the scientific branch of S.H.I.E.L.D, the facility was once again used to conduct experiments that, according to Dr. Streiten, "no good doctor would perform". At some point in time, the facility acquired the partial body of a blue alien, from which drugs such as GH.325 were taken and synthesized.
In "The Writing on the Wall", it's explained how there were at least six test subjects, all S.H.I.E.L.D. agents that died recently. At first, the test subjects responded well to the GH.325, but overtime each grew increasingly insane and obsessed with making the same symbols over and over again. The only way to cure the test subject's of their insanity was by completely erasing their minds and implanting false memories. After all the test subjects had their memories replaced, they were each given new identities with no memories of S.H.I.E.L.D. or the T.A.H.I.T.I. Project.
After Coulson's death at the hands of Loki Laufeyson, Nick Fury "moved heaven and earth" to bring him back to life. He employed the skills of doctors Streiten and Goodman to conduct various operations and experiments on Coulson, who had been dead for days already. The experiments and operations were excruciatingly painful, and the doctors decided to use a machine to alter Coulson's memory and give him a more pleasant one of a Tahiti vacation. The entire ordeal was kept off the books by Director Fury, and remained top-secret.
Later, after Skye was mortally wounded by a shot from Ian Quinn, Coulson locates the secret facility and, with Agents Ward, Garrett and Fitz, storms the facility to locate the mysterious drug GH.325 in order to save Skye. Before destroying the facility with explosives, Coulson finds a door marked 'T.A.H.I.T.I.' and discovers the body of a blue alien, with tubes leading into vials labeled for the GH drugs, revealing the source. As the team escape, the facility explodes and collapses into the earth.
- The security question to get into the Guest House was "How was the drive from Istanbul?", only people who knew the right answer were permitted inside.