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

AFTER the death of acclaimed novelist Anne Rice on December 11, 2021, fans got a peek inside her old home – and it’s as quirky as one can imagine.

Bought in 1993 by Rice, the 19th-century red-brick building used to be an orphanage and Catholic girls’ school, but the author turned it into the largest house in New Orleans – taking up an entire block .

Anne Rice became famous after she wrote an interview with a vampire

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Anne Rice became famous after she wrote an interview with a vampireCredit: Getty Images – Getty
She bought her beautiful house in 1993

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She bought her beautiful house in 1993Credit: Jam Press

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

Inside, she used the part of the house – now named the Chapel – used for religious services during her orphanage days to house her extensive doll collection.

After her husband passed away, the author decided to downsize and sold the building to developers in 2018, who then converted the house into a luxury apartment.

The chapel now has 5,000 square feet of space, with three bedrooms, five bathrooms and beautiful stained-glass windows.

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

Meanwhile, the modern kitchen includes Thermador appliances, Berloni cabinets, butler pantry and wine room.

It keeps much of its original architecture

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It keeps much of its original architectureCredit: Jam Press
It used to be a church

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It used to be a churchCredit: Jam Press
It was also an orphanage at some point

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It was also an orphanage at some pointCredit: Jam Press

The spacious main suite features high ceilings and walk-in wardrobes, plus a bathroom with dual vanities, heated mirrors and 16-ray showers.

The house also has a library, laundry room, and theater.

Top community features like an in-ground pool, beautifully landscaped grounds, multiple galleries, supervised parking, on-site security, spacious common areas, and elegant courtyards help perfect the experience.

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

Surrounded by beautiful stained glass

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Surrounded by beautiful stained glassCredit: Jam Press
High ceilings are another feature

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High ceilings are another featureCredit: Jam Press

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

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

In addition to the apartment, Rice owns a mansion on nearby 1880 Saint Charles Avenue, which is said to be haunted.

Fans have flocked to the area to retrace her characters’ footsteps and enjoy the city’s spooky atmosphere.

The house was built in the 19th century

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The house was built in the 19th centuryCredit: Jam Press
The bathrooms are beautifully decorated

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The bathrooms are beautifully decoratedCredit: Jam Press
It has plenty of space for activities

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It has plenty of space for activitiesCredit: Jam Press
Movie trailer Interview with the Vampire

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