HELP LONGUE VUE RECOVER FROM HURRICANE IDA
Longue Vue’s gardens were significantly disrupted by Hurricane Ida. We lost several large trees, numerous planters, and numerous panes of glass from our historic Greenhouse. The grounds were covered with debris and have required substantial work by the full Longue Vue staff and local garden contractors to prepare for our reopening just two weeks after the storm.
Each day we remained closed cost Longue Vue $1,000 in lost ticket and program revenue. Even upon reopening, we will absorb lost revenue due to the impossibility of providing house tours until mold remediation is complete. Meanwhile, basic operating costs remain the same, and the work required to restore and maintain our site has increased. We are grateful for any support you can offer at this time, to help offset these impacts.
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, we are launching a Centennial Renewal Campaign to mark Edith and Edgar’s 100th anniversary. 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.