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For fans hoping to pay homage to their beloved American Horror Story with a visit to some of the creepy real-life locations used on the show, look no further. Oh, and if you live in California or Louisiana you're in luck— the locations are centered around these two American Horror Story hotspots. Take a horror holiday and check out where all of those memorable American Horror Story monsters hung out! Here's some creepy music to get you in the spirit:

Season 1 — American Horror Story: Murder House

Fictional Setting: The Harmon Residence, Los Angeles, CA

Actual Location: Rosenheim Mansion, 1120 Westchester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90019

The real American Horror Story: Murder House location is true to the storyline — it really does stand in a leafy suburb of Los Angeles. The building was erected in 1902, and the house was so perfect that even the interior shots were filmed in a studio replica of the Rosenheim Mansion's actual insides. The only portion altered was the Mansion's adjoining chapel, which was filtered out of the show with CGI. You can now book the Rosenheim on Airbnb!

Season 2 — American Horror Story: Asylum


Fictional Setting: Briarcliff Asylum, New England

Actual Location: Santa Ana Courthouse, 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., California

Briarcliff's creepy New England setting is actually a gorgeous area of California masquerading as the East Coast! The glorious Romanesque Santa Ana Courthouse is open to the public from 9:00am – 4:30pm on weekdays (excluding public holidays), and entrance is free.

Exterior shots for Briarcliff filmed in California
Exterior shots for Briarcliff filmed in California

The exterior shots of Briarcliff's grounds were filmed in Hidden Valley, Thousand Oaks, California, a beautiful swathe of hilly countryside between LA and Santa Barbara.

Season 3 — American Horror Story: Coven

Miss Robichaux's Academy
Miss Robichaux's Academy

Fictional Setting: Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, New Orleans

Actual Location: Buckner Mansion, 1410 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA

The Coven operate from the glorious Buckner Mansion in New Orleans, where all of the show's major locations can be found. Marie Laveau's Cornrow City Salon is Maison Vitry, 2000 Dumaine Street and Madame Lalaurie’s Mansion is the Gallier House, 1132 Royal Street. If you want to go sip a cocktail where Fiona Goode did, check out the Cure bar, 4905 Freret St.

Laveau's salon and Lalaurie's Mansion
Laveau's salon and Lalaurie's Mansion

Season 4 — American Horror Story: Freak Show

Mott Manor
Mott Manor

Fictional Setting: Mott Manor, Jupiter, Florida

Actual Location: Longue Vue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd, New Orleans, LA 70124, United States

Maybe the AHS gang loved filming in New Orleans a whole lot, as Dandy & Gloria Mott's mansion is really found in New Orleans. Longue Vue House is open to the public 10:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Saturday and 1:00pm – 5:00pm Sunday. The house was built by Edgar and Edith Stern from 1939–1942.

The freaks order at the Lakeview diner
The freaks order at the Lakeview diner

Jupiter, Florida in the show was all comprised of New Orleans locations, including the bar where Dandy and Andy the gigolo meet, High Noon (really New Orleans's F&M Patio Bar, 4841 Tchoupitoulas St) and the Lakeview diner the freaks are ejected from (really Camellia Grill, 626 S Carrollton Ave).

Season 5 — American Horror Story: Hotel

Fictional Setting: Hotel Cortez, Los Angeles, CA

Actual Location: Oviatt Building, 617 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA

The exteriors for The Countess's Hotel Cortez were filmed at LA's Oviatt Building, with a crew affixing a neon sign to complete the look. The interiors of the Hotel were built from scratch at the Fox Studios set, but are heavily modeled on the Oviatt's Art Deco Cicada restaurant.

Where will American Horror Story Season 6 be set?

Source: IMDb, Wiki, Curbed, OCParks, Robb Report, Longue Vue, Maison Vitry, Whereyat, Second Line Sound Stages, LA Mag, Deep South


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