The Longue Vue Mission
Inspired by our humanitarian and artistic legacy, Longue Vue’s mission is to be a leader in the advancement of innovative thought, creative expression and life-long learning, and to engage our resources and exceptional setting to stimulate discussion and action on issues of social justice and community responsibility.
The History of Longue Vue
The home and gardens were born of the dreams of Edgar and Edith Stern, pillars of the New Orleans community. The Sterns worked with landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman (1866-1950) and architects William (1897-1984) and Geoffrey (1909-1985) Platt to produce a wonderful oasis of elegant beauty set in charming New Orleans. Longue Vue is one of the last great American houses to be built during the Country Place Era, taking the Platt brothers three years (1939-1942) to build. Shipman began designing Longue Vue’s gardens in 1935 and continued until her death in 1950.