Originally built in the 1930s by philanthropists Edith and Edgar Stern, the Longue Vue mansion is one of the last great American houses constructed in the Country Place Era. It took architects William and Geoffrey Platt three years to complete, with the assistance of landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman on the estate’s magnificent gardens.
Daily tours cover the main living areas of the house, including its original furnishings. Carpets from both Western and Eastern Europe, antiques from England and America, porcelain from Europe and China, as well as a whole host of artworks and couture from around the world fill the 20 rooms open to the public.
Shipman’s gardens are emblematic of the Country Place Era tastes. Each facade of the house is unique and corresponds to the section of the gardens extending from it. Points of interest include the Walled Garden, which supplied the kitchen with herbs and vegetables, the Wild Garden, and the Discovery Garden, where touring families can introduce kids to the wonders of gardening hands-on.