By Alyssa Bird for Architectural Digest.
Built by architects William and Geoffrey Platt in 1942 for philanthropists Edgar and Edith Stern, Longue Vue is an iconic New Orleans estate that remains an important part of the city's heritage today as a house museum. A new book out this month, Longue Vue House and Gardens: The Architecture, Interiors, and Gardens of New Orleans' Most Celebrated Estate (Skira Rizzoli, $65), explores the history of this magnificent Classical Revival mansion and eight-acre estate. Landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman, who spent over a decade designing the property's various gardens, is also responsible for the interior decoration. Stunning photographs of the interiors and gardens are supplemented with architectural and landscape drawings.
A view of the house and its Pan Garden.
The dining room is sheathed in Chinese rice-paper wall coverings that once hung in Shipman's dining room at New York's Beekman Place apartment building. The plaster ceiling medallion is modeled after the camellia, Edgar's favorite flower.
In the drawing room, the millwork is based on the George Washington memorial mantel made by Robert Wellford circa 1800. On display are silver Loving Cups that were awarded to the Sterns by the New Orleans Times-Picayune for their civic endeavors, as well as a portrait of Edith's paternal grandmother, Augusta Hammerslough Rosenwald.
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The upper hall features a block-printed wallpaper depicting an 1823 scene captured by artist Félix Sauvinet.
Edgar's study features 18th-century French paneling and collections of ceramic mantel ornaments, pastille burners, banks, and house-shaped nightlights. The crimson palette was inspired by Edgar's alma mater, Harvard.
The sinuous central staircase--constructed of steel and wood--is illuminated by a glass dome.
A view of the Spanish Court from the residence.
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