True Blood Filming Locations

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The location: The Vampires Nest.


Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A private home.


Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. In a rural area in Bon Temps, Louisiana.

    One vampire describes it as being "just up the road" from Merlotte's. A redneck in the bar describes it as "about four miles away, right at the edge of town."


Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 7 of Season 1, "Burning House of Love".

    A nest of three hostile vampires (Malcolm, Diane & Liam) have taken up residence at a house in Bon Temps.

    They visit Merlotte's, where they threaten and intimidate the human customers in order to bring out Bill, whom they are hoping to recruit into joining their nest.

    Bill shows up in time to stop the vampires from attacking Sam, but then leaves the bar with them, in order to draw them away from the customers.

    Later, a small group of redneck vampire-haters firebomb the house, burning it to the ground, and killing everyone inside, leaving four bodies in the fires' wake.

    At first, the townspeople (including Sookie) assume that Bill was among the dead (since he had left the bar with the vampires), but it's later discovered that the fourth body found at the scene was actually that of a human who was staying with the vamps.


Q. What is it actually, in real life?

    A. Originally, a small blue & yellow house.  Now, after the fire, a vacant lot.


Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. The blue & yellow house was located at the northwest corner of View Street and NDouglas Street, in Ledbetter Heights neighborhood of Shreveport, Louisiana. It is reputed to have been, at one time, a brothel.

    However, in filming the scene, they actually burned the building to the ground.  (It, and other buildings in the area, were already slated for demolition as substandard structures.)  There is nothing there now but an empty lot.

    Here is an aerial photo of the corner with the former house location marked. And here is a map link.

    Google StreetView maps its address as approximately 920 View Street, Shreveport, LA

    (As of 2009, the aerial photos still show the house standing there, but chances are that will change when those photos are updated in the future.)

    The house was just a few blocks northeast of three buildings seen in the "True Blood" opening credits: Lucky Liquor, the Victorian home, and the two little, white houses.



    Here is a Google StreetView panorama of the house. (As of 2009, the house can still be seen where it once stood):



    Compare it to this screenshot from the show:


    Here is an alternate view, from the another (north) angle:




Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. The story of the filming and the fire made the local newspaper in Shreveport.  There was also a controversy when preservationists objected to the destruction of the house, claiming it had historical value.  So simply doing search of the local papers for "house burned, TV series" turned up these two articles in The Shreveport Times, which mentioned the corner location of the house. Google StreetView then allowed me to pinpoint the exact location.



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