Madame John's Legacy

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Madame John's Legacy
Madame John's Legacy is located in Louisiana
Madame John's Legacy
Location 632 Dumaine St., New Orleans, Louisiana
Coordinates 29°57′31.76″N 90°3′46.5″W / 29.9588222°N 90.062917°W / 29.9588222; -90.062917Coordinates: 29°57′31.76″N 90°3′46.5″W / 29.9588222°N 90.062917°W / 29.9588222; -90.062917
Built 1788
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Colonial, Other
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 70000256
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 15, 1970[1]
Designated NHL April 15, 1970[2]

Madame John's Legacy is a house in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. The name is taken from a story by George Washington Cable.[2] The house was built in 1788, after a fire destroyed much of the neighborhood. The house was rebuilt in the older French colonial style, rather than the current Spanish style.

This house is briefly seen in the 1994 movie Interview with the Vampire in a scene where caskets are being carried out of the house while Louis (Brad Pitt) is describing Lestat (Tom Cruise) and Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) going out on the town. Part of 12 Years a Slave was also filmed at the house.[3]


It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.[2][4]

The site was restored at a cost of $265,000 during 1972-1974.[4]

The Louisiana State Museum owns the house and provides tours.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "Madame John's Legacy". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  3. ^ Torbett, Melanie (October 20, 2013). "'Twelve Years a Slave' movie has Cenla roots". The Town Talk. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Patricia Heintzelman (July 3, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Madame John's Legacy" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 4 photos, exterior, from 1975. PDF (0.99 MB)

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