Inside the gothic home of late vampire novelist Anne Rice – a former chapel and orphanage with stained glass

FOLLOWING the death of famed novelist Anne Rice on December 11, 2021, fans have been given an inside look at her former home – and it’s every bit as quirky as one might imagine.

Purchased by Rice in 1993, the 19th-century red-brick building was once both an orphanage and a Catholic girl’s school, but the author turned it into the largest home in New Orleans – taking up an entire city block.

The 47,000 sq ft building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was used by Rice to host charity fundraisers and give public tours.

Inside, she used the section of the home – now dubbed The Chapel – that was used for religious services during the orphanage days to house her extensive doll collection.

Following her husband’s death, the author decided to downsize and sold the building to developers in 2018, who have since converted the home into luxury condos.

The Chapel now boasts 5,000 sq ft of space, with three bedrooms, five baths, and stunning stained glass windows.

The stunning Great Room takes advantage of the condo’s two stories and cathedral ceilings, while an open floor plan seamlessly integrates the living and dining areas.

Meanwhile, the state-of-the-art kitchen includes Thermador appliances, Berloni cabinets, a butler’s pantry, and a wine room.

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The spacious master suite features high ceilings and a walk-in closet, plus a bathroom with dual vanities, heated mirrors, and a 16-jet shower.

The home also sports a library, den, laundry, and theatre.

Top-of-the-line community features such as an in-ground pool, beautifully landscaped grounds, multiple galleries, gated parking, on-site security, ample common areas, and an elegant courtyard complete the experience.  

Rice, who wrote the 1976 novel Interview With The Vampire, died last month at the age of 80 due to complications from a stroke.

The famed writer adapted the screenplay from her novel into a film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in 1994, as well as writing a number of other gothic texts – selling more than 150 million books.

She was laid to rest at a family mausoleum in New Orleans, the city she was born in.

As well as the condo, Rice also owned an 1880’s Saint Charles Avenue mansion nearby which is believed to be haunted.

Fans have flocked to the area to retrace the steps of her characters and take in the city’s spooky ambiance.

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