Are you a fan of American Horror Story: Coven? If yes, then you might recognize this house from the start of season 3. Scenes from the first episode – “Bitchcraft” – were filmed here on location, so this is the real deal.
A reader of my blog requested that I dig up some info on this lovely mansion – so here it is….
In actuality this grand plantation-style home is called The Buckner Mansion, but in the AHS show this was the fictitious Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.
The southern beauty is dated to 1853 when cotton king Henry Sullivan Buckner commissioned architect Lewis E. Reynolds to build a large mansion in the heart of New Orleans’ Garden District.
It is massive for its antebellum roots, measuring in at 20,000 square feet! I couldn’t even find an exterior photo that adequately displayed the house in its entirety.
This is apparently the largest pre Civil War era home in the entire city of New Orleans.
Starting in 1923, The Buckner Mansion was used as the Soulé Business College, so it does in fact have a pedigree as an educational institution.
Inside the mansion-converted-to-school in 1935:
Soulé Business College closed its doors in 1983.
Today the home is used as a vacation rental, but at the lofty sum of $20,000 per month, it probably only sees use from visiting dignitaries, movie stars like Nicolas Cage, and film crews with big budgets.
At first I thought the photo below was historic, but then I looked a little closer…. and read that it was actually from the American Horror Story episode just made to look old:
According to the American Horror Story Facebook page: “Extreme precaution was taken to not damage the 156-year-old mansion.”
A couple more noteworthy things about the Buckner Mansion:
~ slave quarters were located in back of the house
~ the mansion was built extra-large to compete with (and surpass) the famous Stanton Hall in Natchez, Mississippi because Buckner had a falling-out with his former business partner: The owner of Stanton Hall – Frederick Stanton
~ the porches have a total of 48 Ionic and Corinthian fluted cypress columns
And one final deeply southern image to leave you with:
The Buckner Mansion has a triple-sized ballroom which was used for decades by debutants practicing their dances and curtsies!
For location information and rental details, please see the links below.