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. What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. The Louisiana Governor's mansion, home of Governor Truman Burrell.

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

A. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

A. In Episode 2, of Season 6, "The Sun".

    Governor Burrell has just declared war on vampires, and is in the process of closing down all vampire-run businesses, outfitting the national guard with special anti-vampire weapons, and encouraging citizens to engage in acts of violence against vampires.

    In this scene, Eric goes to the mansion, glamours and impersonates a nerdy bureaucrat, and gains entrance into the heavily-guarded mansion.

    He speaks with the Governor in his office, and after some gamesmanship, Eric attempts to glamour him into calling off his war against vampires.

    But Eric is shocked when it doesn't work, and the Governor calls in the troops to take Eric prisoner. 

    Burrell tells Eric that they have invented contact lenses that prevent glamouring.

    As Eric is being led to a truck by the armed guards, he escapes by flying away.

    Later, Eric returns, floating outside the bedroom window of the Governor's daughter - who has removed her contact lenses for the night.  He glamours her into inviting him inside.

Q. What is it actually, in real life?

A. A large residential home (or mansion).

Governor's mansion

The location:
The Governor's Mansion

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. This stately home is not actually in Louisiana.

You'll find it at 1365 S. Oakland Avenue, in Pasadena, California.

That's on the south side of Pasadena, about a mile west of the Huntington Library & Gardens.

Built in 1914, this 10-bedroom mansion has been used in numerous movies and TV shows, from "Columbo" to
"Murder She Wrote".

It's best remembered as (ironically enough) another Governor's mansion - this one on the popular '80s TV sitcom "Benson". - Click on the video below to see the house in the opening credits for "Benson":

WarningThis is a private home Do not trespass on their property,

knock on their door, or do anything else that might disturb the residents. ]

   Here's a Google StreetView of the house.

   Here is an aerial photo of the location.  And here is a map link.

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

    A.  I discovered the address of the "Benson" mansion a decade ago, and added it to my website.  So when I saw it again on True Blood, I recognized it.

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