Category Archives: Historic Southern Homes

Historic Southern Homes: Longue Vue House & Gardens

My round up of North Carolina house tours last week got me in the mood to check out some other historic houses, so it’s time for another installment of the Historic Southern Homes!

Longue Vue House & Gardens was built in 1942 by philanthropists Edgar and Edith Stern and sits on 8 acres in New Orleans. The house took architects and brothers William and Geoffrey Platt 3 years to build, and landscape architect Ellen Shipman worked on the extensive gardens for 15 years.

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Historic Home For Sale: The Paul Borden House

This weekend we had the pleasure of touring a few homes in downtown Goldsboro, NC as part of Preservation North Carolina‘s “Preservation Celebration.” Several generous couples, including my in-laws, opened up their beautiful historic homes to share with all of us.

Also on the tour was the Paul Borden House. Pres NC owns the house now, and has done a lot of work to rebuild it after a devastating fire in 2010. Now the house is ready for a buyer to come in and finish the job!

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Historic Southern Homes: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

It’s been a while since our last Historic Southern Home tour! Today I’m sharing an estate that’s just a little different than my usual antebellum plantation…and while I don’t always consider Miami (or Italian style in general) all that Southern, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share Vizcaya with you.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, once known as Villa Vizcaya, was built by businessman James Deering in the early 20th century…it took about 9 years to complete. Deering and designer Paul Chalfin actually traveled to Italy to learn more about the Italian Renaissance architecture style before bringing the style home to Miami. Deering employed three architects for the construction: one for design, one for actual construction, and one for the landscape and gardens.

Settle in, because this one is a jaw-dropper.

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Hillwood Estate – Part 2

Did you enjoy Part 1 of the Hillwood Estate tour yesterday? If you missed it, click here to see the exterior and first floor of our tour of Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC.

I’ll give the same disclaimer that I gave for Part 1 of the tour, just in case: I took a gazillion pictures. And by gazillion I mean like 300. No joke. This place was amazing. However, all photos were taken with my iPhone, so the quality may not be top notch. Anyway, here we go.

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