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Longue Vue House and Gardens: The Architecture, Interiors, and Gardens of New Orleans' Most Celebrated Estate

Written by Charles Davey and Carol McMichael Reese, Photographed by Tina Freeman

  • November 3, 2015
  • Hardcover
  • Architecture - Buildings - Landmarks & Monuments
  • Skira Rizzoli
  • 9-3/4 x 11-1/2
  • $65.00
  • $65.00
  • 978-0-8478-4651-1

About This Book

The stunning interiors and glorious gardens of New Orleans’s unrivaled jewel and architectural masterpiece. Longue Vue House and Gardens, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and listed as a national historic landmark, was designed and built between 1934 and 1942 by landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman and architects Charles and William Platt for Edgar Bloom and Edith Rosenwald Stern, New Orleans’s foremost mid-twentieth-century philanthropists and civil-rights activists. The mansion and its surrounding eight acres of garden spaces, with varied designs ranging from the formal to the wild, draw upon Southern architectural traditions and native Louisiana flora, even as they echo the contemporaneous garden-design movement that set the stage for the creation of some of the most breathtaking garden estates in the country. Lush photography, supporting architectural drawings, and an informative text bring the main house and gardens to life and establish the estate as an enduring symbol to its creators’ contributions to building a just society.

About the Author

Charles Davey is the Design and Production Director for the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s magazine The Classicist, as well as a writer and independent book producer. His latest book, Fessenden House, about a house in Washington, DC, was privately published. Previous books include Carolands: Ernest Sanson, Achille Duchê­­ne, and Willis Polk (San Mateo County Historical Association). He is currently reviewing other houses that deserve similar treatment to Carolands, Fessenden House, and Longue Vue.
 Carol McMichael Reese is the Favrot Professor in the Tulane School of Architecture, where she offers courses in architectural history and theory. Her books and articles focus on contemporary architecture and urban planning in the Americas. She has also served on the board of directors of Longue Vue since 2004.


  • This fantastic house history takes us through the past and present of one of New Orleans' greatest architectural treasures, with vintage illustrations and photos. . . ”
    -The New Orleans Advocate

    "LONGUE VUE HOUSE AND GARDENS captures an important moment in American house and garden design — and, for those of us who live too far from this gracious enclave, offers vicarious respite."

    "Substantial enough in size and comprehensiveness of content, Longue Vue House and Gardens is destined for display rather than to be shelved away, and will be the book to give and receive this holiday season."
    Longue Vue is an iconic New Orleans estate that remains an important part of the city’s heritage today as a house museum. . . Stunning photographs of the interiors and gardens are supplemented with architectural and landscape drawings.

    "Longue Vue House and Gardens showcases the stunning interiors and gardens of New Orleans's architectural masterpiece. . . Lush photography, drawings, and an informative text establish the estate as an enduring symbol to its creators' contributions to building a just society."

    "Longue Vue House and Gardens: The Architecture, Interiors, and Gardens of New Orleans' Most Celebrated Estate explores the history of this magnificent Classical Revival mansion and eight-acre estate. . .  Stunning photographs of the interiors and gardens are supplemented with architectural and landscape drawings."
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