Join the Longue Vue House & Gardens Tour in New Orleans and take a tour of this Classical Revival house which consists of three stories and a basement, an unusual feature of New Orleans where most of the city is below sea level.
Visitors tour the main living spaces of the house - 20 rooms. The house contains its original furnishings of English and American antiques, European and Eastern European carpets, Modern and Contemporary art, collections of needlework, chintz, haute couture and ethnic costumes, Chinese and European export porcelain, Saffordshire transferware, and creamware and pearlware from Wedgwood, Leeds and other British and continental potteries.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sunday
Guided house tours are held every hour on the hour. The last tour starts at 4:00 pm. See Special Schedule Notes for holiday scheduling information.
Please Note: Time shown on Availability Calendar is for booking purposes only, and reflects the first available daily tour. You may visit the Longue Vue House any time during operating hours and join the next available tour.
Special Schedule Notes
Longue Vue House tours do not operate on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Mardi Gras, Easter, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
You will enter through the unique circular vestibule which has curved sliding wrought-iron doors. Among many varied and fashionably decorated rooms, one can see the Flower Arranging Room, the Blue Room - accurately decorated with blue carpeting, walls and furniture - The Art Gallery, the Drawing Room - which is the most formal room of the house and has been the setting for the entertainment of such notables as Eleanor Roosevelt, John and Robert Kennedy, Pablo Casals, Jack Benny and others - The Wrapping Room - used only to open mail and wrap presents, and many more rooms.
The home and gardens was born of the dreams of Edgar and Edith Stern, pillars of the New Orleans community. It is the combination of the Sterns working with landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman and architects William and Geoffrey Platt that has created this wonderful oasis of beauty set in charming New Orleans. The Longue Vue House is one of the last great houses to be custom-built in America, taking the Platt brothers three years (1939-1942) to create.
Longue Vue House and Gardens is a model of the fashionable but conservative taste of wealthy Americans during the 1930s and 1940s, and a way of life that has all but disappeared.
"One of the greatest gifts given by the Sterns to the city [community] of New Orleans was kept private until 1980, decades after construction of their splendid urban estate, Longue Vue." -- America's Castles
"Together they [Ellen Biddle Shipman and William and Geoffrey Platt] created for the Sterns, a complete setting, of house and garden, that looks back to English and Italian precedent, and also to the architecture of the American south. But, neither the house nor the garden are copies, but rather careful adaptations and transformations that are thoroughly original. The garden with its various terraces and spaces, the interior of the house with its paneling and furnishings mark a high point in American design." -- Richard Guy Wilson, architectural historian
"The Sterns were astute collectors of traditional furniture and decorative arts, as well as contemporary art. The high points in their collections are English and American antiques, creamware and antique needlework. The effect is as if the family was still living there." -- New York Times
"This is no ordinary house and garden museum with awed visitors lingering over English antiques and rare porcelains, studying Ellen Shipman's axial paths and vistas. Longue Vue has its share of those, but it also has every day of the school year busloads of inner-city schoolchildren who come to learn about gardening, ecology and conservation." -- House Beautiful
"One of the country's finest city estates, Longue Vue still emanates the warmth and graciousness of its former owners." -- Southern Living
8 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Hotel pick-up not included.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
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