Elizabeth was built in the 1860's as a boarding school
for young ladies staffed by the Daughters of Charity.
Following yellow fever epidemics, the nuns soon found
themselves running an orphanage and, in time, St.
Elizabeth became a haven for children in need of care.
In 1989, the Daughters of Charity closed the facility
and moved their program to Marrero, Louisiana, where
they operate Madonna Manor.
Anne and Stan Rice acquired the property in 1993 and
began an extensive program of renovation. Everything
in the building was polished, buffed and reborn. Soon,
St. Elizabeth became a stunning guesthouse for the
Rice's many relatives and friends. Film stars, clergymen,
artists and even former President Bill Clinton spent
time in the gracious suites.
The Rice's lavishly furnished this home with antiques,
books and statuary.
Mrs Rice's world-renowned doll collection was displayed
in two bedrooms on the second floor, and Mr. Rice's
art collection was housed in a wing of this large
St. Elizabeth was also the setting for many elegant
weddings, parties and soirees. On Halloween, the Anne
Rice Fan Club held a masked ball in her honor at the
mansion, and the National Mayors Conference was held
Today, St. Elizabeth is about to be reborn again.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places,
it will now become home to those who will enjoy life
at its best within its distinctive walls.