One of the houses featured is the LaLaurie Mansion in the French Quarter. It's on all the walking tours, and known as the most haunted house in New Orleans. It's at 1140 Rue Royal if you are in town. Nicholas Cage bought it in 2007, and lost it to foreclosure in 2009. It has recently been bought by Michael Whalen and decorated to the nines by the fabulous Katie Stassi-Scott. You can read a terrific article by Susan Lagenhennig HERE. The photos shown from that article are by Chris Granger.
|New Orleans locations are used for American Horror Story Coven - Here's a shot (from MFAMB Home) of Kathy Bates who plays Madame LaLaurie, walking down Royal Street in the French Quarter with Jessica Lange, who plays the head honcho witch Fiona|
|LaLaurie Mansion today - photo by Chris Granger|
|In the TV show they are using the exterior of the Gallier House in the French Quarter for shots of LaLaurie Mansion|
|The TV show is actually using the Hermann-Grima house for the LaLaurie interior scenes|
|The parlor of the Hermann Grima House where Katy Bates "lives" as Madame LaLaurie|
In the episode’s opening scenes in Madame Lalaurie’s parlor, the Hermann-Grima’s yellow walls, red curtains and crystal chandelier are noticeable. This house is an 1831 Federal mansion, designated as a National Historic Landmark, and also operated as a historic house museum. The Hermann-Grima House has the only 1830s open-hearth kitchen and horse stable still in existence in the French Quarter and has been painstakingly restored to depict the lifestyle of an affluent Creole family in 1830s New Orleans. The house is open to the public for tours.
|Kathy Bates as Madame LaLaurie in her mansion|
Another great house used in the series is Maison Vitry a splendidly decaying manor located in the Treme neighborhood. The house was built in 1855 by a free woman of color and features all the accouterments of New Orleans’ Golden Age: 14-foot ceilings, faux-bois treatments, cast ironwork and original moldings. The house is furnished with an eclectic mix of antiques, lots of gold-leaf and truly reflects the decaying splendor that is New Orleans. The house is available for rental at $350 a night, with a minimum three-night stay, and open for tours by appointment.
|This is another location in a fabulous house Maison Vitry aka Marie Laveau’s Cornrow City Salon |
Corner of Dumaine and N. Prieur streets in Treme
|Angela Basset plays Marie Laveau (and the owner of Cornrow City) in American Horror Story Coven|
Now let's take a look at the real LaLaurie Mansion as it today - Katie Stassi-Scott worked miracles:
|The LaLaurie Mansion has recently been renovated, and interior designer Katie Stassi-Scott did the interior decorating - Love this skull print fabric on the chair back - photo by Chris Granger|
|A parlor in the LaLaurie Mansion today - Hard to believe it's haunted - photo by Chris Granger|
|The stairwell inside the LaLaurie Mansion|
|Detail of a fabulous staircase in the LaLaurie Mansion - photo by Chris Granger|
|Red lights illuminate the stairwell to the attic inside the LaLaurie Mansion - a nod to its sordid tragic past|
|Palette and spirit cleanse in this serene bedroom in the LaLaurie Mansion today - photo by Chris Granger|
|Red lips wallpaper in a powder room in LaLaurie Mansion - photo by Chris Granger|
|A beautiful moody bedroom in LaLaurie Mansion today - photo by Chris Granger|
|The interior doors are carved with intricate floral designs- photo by Chris Granger|
|An angel frieze in the dining room|
|Python skin covers the seats on the dining chairs - photo by Chris Granger|
|The dining room with those python covered chairs and that angel frieze - photo by Chris Granger|
|Modern wing back chairs, coffee table, and art with a fur rug in the parlor- photo by Chris Granger|
|Katie Stassi-Scott did the new interiors at the renovated LaLaurie Mansion, a home featured in American Horror Story Coven, and one of the most haunted houses in New Orleans - photo by Chris Granger - Read more HERE|
|Love her work! Katie Stassi-Scott|
|Jessica Lange (Fiona) with her young charges walking in the French Quarter in front of Hotel St. Marie, at the corner of Toulouse and Dauphine Streets|
Onto the next house, The Buckner Mansion, walking distance from my house. It's located on Jackson Avenue in the Garden District.
|Head mistress Jessica Lange (Fiona)|
From Curbed New Orleans: The Buckner Mansion is the fictitious Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies (witches in training, with head mistress Jessica Lange) on the show. The 20,000-square foot estate was built in 1856 for cotton king Henry S. Buckner and was home to the Soulé Business College from 1923 until the 1970s. Now? Of course, film crews flock to the site but it's also available as a vacation rental for, ahem, just $20,000 per month. American Horror Story has been filming around town since July and will stick around until January 2014.
|The Buckner Mansion in New Orleans|
|The Buckner Mansion 1410 Jackson Avenue in New Orleans is used for a location in American Horror Story Coven|
|It was once a business school, and now it's a school for young witches|
|The Buckner Mansion as it is today|
|The dining room at the Buckner Mansion which is a rental now|
|A little connecting hall between parlors - I wish I could redecorate this house|
|Girl talk in the Buckner Mansion|
|Kathy Bates plays Madame LaLaurie and she is in the Buckner Mansion in this scene|
|Nice interior shot of the Buckner Mansion in American Horror Story Coven|
|A fabulous chandelier and a fabulous stunt at the Buckner Mansion in New Orleans|
|A hilarious scene in the Buckner Mansion where Kathy Bates aka Madame LaLaurie the worst racist has to wait on an African American witch student|
|A still of the Buckner Mansion from the American Horror Story Coven web site|
|A special effect of a levitating young witch from American Horror Story Coven filmed in the Buckner Mansion in New Orleans|
Also check out a post from Nita at Mod Vintage Life about the Buckner Mansion.
So what do you think? Are there any famous haunted houses where you live?
|Happy Halloween from Valorie Hart The Visual Vamp|
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