The former home of Edgar and Edith Stern (daughter of Julius Rosenwald), the current house is in fact the second. The original house and gardens began in 1924. In 1934 landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman began to work with the Sterns on the designs of their gardens. Through the re-working of the gardens the Sterns decided that their house did not allow them to fully enjoy their new grounds and the original house was subsequently moved and a new one erected in its place starting in 1939. This new house was designed by architects William and Geoffrey Platt whose father, Charles Platt, was Shipman’s mentor. The four facades of the house have four different appearances and out each of the four sides there is a different garden. It has 20 rooms on three stories, with original furnishings.
Though damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Longue Vue has reopened thanks to the commitment of the staff and volunteers from around the country that helped to bring back the gardens. Tours of the house are available every hour on the hour during normal operating hours, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 to 5, and Sundays, 1 to 5. The last house tour is at 4 p.m.