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Take an ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ inspired mansion tour of New Orleans (MAP)

by Christine on December 20, 2013 · 3 comments

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Most of the current season of American Horror Story: Coven has been shot on the show’s soundstages but producers were able to incorporate some of New Orleans’ most fascinating historic homes into the series.

Here’s a look at five must-see New Orleans mansions featured AHS.

Maison Vitry

Marie Laveau’s salon on the show is actually Maison Vitry in the Treme neighborhood. The historic home was built in 1855 for Louise Arsene Vitry, a free African-American woman, by her consort, Achille Barthelmy Courcelle, a Frenchman. The house can be toured by appointment-only. Visit maisonvitry.com for more information.

Hermann-Grima House/Gallier House

Some interior shots of Madame Lalaurie’s mansion were filmed at the Hermann-Grima House. Today, the 1831 home is a museum and is open daily for tours along with the Gallier House which was used in the show as the exterior of Lalaurie’s home. You can find more information at hgghh.org.

Lalaurie Mansion

The real Lalaurie Mansion is still a major tourist attraction and a regular stop on local ghost tours. As the story goes, a 1834 fire in the home led firefighters to uncover the remains of several imprisoned slaves, including one who was chained to the kitchen stove. The incident incited a mob and Lalaurie allegedly fled the New Orleans and was never seen again. Nicolas Cage also owned the home in recent years until he was forced to sell to pay his tax bill. You can see the house on one of the city’s many ghost tours including the Haunted History Tours.

Buckner Mansion

The exterior of Miss Robicheaux’s Academy is the real-life Buckner Mansion in the Garden District. The mansion is privately owned and not featured on many tours but you can stroll by the house, located at 1410 Jackson Ave, on your own.

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Emma January 21, 2014 at 10:33 pm

This is a great post about the mansions interior on the show!

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Grisel February 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Does anyone offer an actual guided AHS tour at this time…or are you aware that there may actually be plans for one in the future?

Thnx

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Christine February 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Check New Orleans Movie Tours they might incorporate it in their tours

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