CENTENNIAL RENEWAL CAMPAIGN
Edith and Edgar Stern were married in June 1921; soon afterwards, they purchased five lots on the edge of Orleans Parish and began to develop the Longue Vue property as their family home.
In 2021 and 2022 we are holding a Centennial Renewal Campaign to honor 100 years of Longue Vue and begin our second century. Three focal initiatives signal our renewed commitment to the core values of education, environment, and design – we welcome your gift in any amount to the initiatives described below. Leadership gifts of $10,000 and above will be memorialized in a new Centennial Circle installation and will be directed to the centennial initiative of the donor’s choosing:
Longue Vue’s collections of trees and plants are central to our historic character and our inspiring setting. Centennial contributions to our living collections will sustain their health and cultivation, including new investments in our native plant collection and digital collections management system.
Ellen Shipman’s timeless, masterful gardens informed the architectural and interior character of the main house, completed in 1942, and earned Longue Vue National Historic Landmark status. Gifts to our Design Legacy will protect the original design intent through strategic preservation and restoration.
The Discovery Garden invites children to explore concepts of design and gardening relevant to Louisiana ecosystems and the values inherent in the Longue Vue vision established 100 years ago. Contributions will go toward restoring and updating displays and installations for today’s children and families.