American Horror Story’s Buckner Mansion in New Orleans

image from: www.asergeev.com

image from: www.asergeev.com

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.

image from: www.panoramio.com

image from: www.panoramio.com

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.

image from: www.frenchquartercondotrends.com

image from: www.frenchquartercondotrends.com

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.

image from: http://deepsouthmag.com

image from: http://deepsouthmag.com

Inside the mansion-converted-to-school in 1935:

image from: http://old-new-orleans.com/NO_Soule.html

image from: http://old-new-orleans.com/NO_Soule.html

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.

image from: old-new-orleans.com

image from: old-new-orleans.com

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:

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image from: ahsfans.tumblr.com

image from: old-new-orleans.com

image from: old-new-orleans.com

image from: old-new-orleans.com

image from: old-new-orleans.com

According to the American Horror Story Facebook page: “Extreme precaution was taken to not damage the 156-year-old mansion.”

image from: http://www.frenchquartercondotrends.com

image from: http://www.frenchquartercondotrends.com

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

image from: www.frenchquartercondotrends.com

image from: www.frenchquartercondotrends.com

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.

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6 Responses to American Horror Story’s Buckner Mansion in New Orleans

  • livewire1965 says:

    Amazing

  • Sue says:

    I got a kick out of the debutants practicing their dances and curtsies there. You brought the place alive with that. I am happy it is not a school anymore and is enjoyed as living quarters. Simply a wonderful sight to see.

  • Right down the street from me! I posted about it a month or so back. Just as lovely in person.

  • Suzan S. says:

    I Finally got back over here to see the pics of this house !
    I absolutely Love those wrap around porches.
    Those spaces underneath the first floor fascinate me.
    They’re usually regular sized rooms down there and when you’re there, the windows are like boxy clerestory windows next to, or near, the ceiling.
    Have you tried locating it on google map satellite image ? There don’t seem to be so many trees that you can’t identify it. Maybe the entire house complex can be seen from that.

    A family friend inherited a house with a similar basement.,,,built in 1800’s.
    Only her basement has a concrete cistern* built into the Floor !
    I forget the name of her house and property but the house and property both have Texas Historical Markers.
    Her uncle had kept it up well and it is gorgeous inside.
    It’s in Navasota, TX.

    * I can’t find any pictures of the conrete cisterns that were placed in the ground. Outside they would look like the top of a concrete dome was sticking out of the ground with 90% of the cistern below ground level.
    There are some outside on some property one of my uncles owned.

  • Suzan S. says:

    Oh my !….I googled it to get the street address.
    1410 Jackson Ave.

    Go to google maps and look it up using the satellite images.
    You can zoom right down on it !
    It has a unique roof shape, I think, for that time.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

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