Having spent her childhood years in New Orleans, the city was always special to Anne and in 1989 she, along with husband Stan, returned to New Orleans and bought several properties. However, please note that Anne no longer owns any of these properties; they are privately owned by individuals and you should therefore respect their privacy.
St Elizabeth’s Orphanage – 1314 Napoleon Avenue
St Elizabeth’s was originally built as a boarding school in 1865, but just five years later it was converted into an orphanage for girls and run by the Daughter’s of Charity.
In 1989 the Daughter’s of Charity closed St Elizabeth and the huge property went on the market. Developers had their eyes on St Elizabeth to convert it into apartments and senior’s housing, but Anne stepped in and bought the property in 1993 then proceeded to spend much money renovating it to its former glory.
Ironically, when Anne sold St Elizabeth it was bought by developers and in 2005 the property was converted into luxury condominiums and town homes.
St Elizabeth was a part of Anne’s life before she bought the property in 1993. Apparently Anne visited St Elizabeth’s Orphanage as a child. The visit must have been a memorable one because the building was featured, many years later, as the location for one of Lestat’s Halloween parties. And, after Anne had bought St Elizabeth it was used in the Mayfair Witches – Deidre Mayfair fled here at age nine from the house on First Street.
1239 First Street
1239 First Street was built in 1857 for the wealthy merchant Albert Hamilton Brevard, though sadly he died just two years after moving in. The house, which is built in a transitional style, has both Greek and Italianate features and had several additions made to it in the years following Brevard’s ownership.
In 1989 Anne and Stan Rice bought the property on First Street and it quickly became a part of Anne’s novels. 1239 First Street was the inspiration for Mayfair Manor, the home of the Mayfair Witches, and there are several elements of the house which feature heavily in these novels. 1239 First Street was sold in 2004 and is now privately owned.
2301 St Charles Avenue
The spaciously sized two storey white house at 2301 St Charles Avenue was Anne’s childhood home.
2524 St Charles Avenue
At age 14, Anne and her family moved several blocks up St Charles Avenue to number 2524. This property was used as the setting for the novel, Violin, and was bought by Anne in 1995 (though has since been sold again).
1020 Philip Street
Anne bought 1020 Philip Street as a vacation property in 1988 whilst she was still living in California. This home is in an area of New Orleans known as the Irish Channel and is typical of the properties in this area, built in the mid 1800’s.