Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans

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Longue Vue House and Gardens, also known as Longue Vue, is a historic house museum and associated gardens at 7 Bamboo Road in the Lakewood neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

The former home of Edgar Stern and Edith Rosenwald Stern (daughter of Julius Rosenwald), the current house is in fact the second. The original house and gardens began in 1924. In 1934, landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman began to work with the Sterns on the designs of their gardens. Through the re-working of the gardens the Sterns decided that their house did not allow them to fully enjoy their new grounds, and the original house was subsequently moved and a new one erected in its place starting in 1939. This new house was designed by architects William and Geoffrey Platt whose father, Charles A. Platt, was Shipman's mentor. The four facades of the house have four different appearances and out each of the four sides there is a different garden. It has 20 rooms on three stories, with original furnishings.

The gardens include Arecaceae, Asclepias tuberosa, azaleas, caladium, Callicarpa americana, camellia, Canna, Chionanthus retusus, chrysanthemum, crape myrtle, cyclamen, Delphinium, Ficus carica, Gossypium, hydrangea, Koelreuteria bipinnata, Louisiana irises, Lycoris aurea, Narcissus, Passiflora incarnata, Phytolacca americana, Euphorbia pulcherrima, roses, Stigmaphyllon ciliatum, tulips, vitex, and Zingiber zerumbet.

Longue Vue was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, and further was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2005. It was deemed nationally significant for its association with Shipman, and as the only major work of Shipman's where she exerted complete creative control over the landscape.
Following damage by Hurricane Katrina, volunteer and staff labor later enabled the house to reopen for tours.
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  • I cannot put into words how beautiful this place is! The grounds are immaculate and the house is so beautiful! The gardens are incredibly beautiful with European flare. This is such a serene place...  more »
  • and our guide, Ms. Sue Barton was really good. She was certain to provide facts that kept me and my spouse interested. It was good to learn about the philanthropy of the family for...  more »
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  • If you're someone who just enjoy being surrounded by greenery this may be the place for you,however, in the otherhand if you're looking for a stunning, eye catching, beautiful blossoming flowers then you may not. I really like the spacious areas which can be quite serene and if you have small kids they can run around while you have a picnic, but unfortunately many of the greenery is just not well kept and the fountains were not either working or just not on. Not to mention the fountains that contained water in them could use some cleaning. One of the ladies that greeted us was very informative and nice. Nevertheless, if you like history go for it, you just might like it more than me!
  • This is a another awesome thing to do in New Orleans. It was really beautiful and amazing 😉 If you like to know how to build the house or get some idea about the house, this is a good place to do. They provide a guide tour to explain everything inside for you. I paid $12 for regular person and $8 for student in USA.

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