1465 Ted Dunham Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Our office facilities are located in Longview, the historic former home of Mrs. Earl K. Long on Ted Dunham Drive along the Capitol Lake. The scenic home which has housed Haynie & Associates since 1989, is also often used to entertain legislators, clients, and various school groups throughout the state. The facility also has a full service conference room that is used by clients and legislators year-round. Among the many Louisiana political & historical artifacts that are found in Longview are Gorge Rodrigue's original renderings of three of Louisiana's most famous governors: Huey P. Long, Earl K. Long, & Edwin W. Edwards.
Design of Longview
The 4,500 square foot home has undergone an extensive renovation overseen by a team of interior designers led by William Ray. As you enter the front door into the foyer you look up to see a blue sky with fluffy white clouds - painted on the ceiling by artist Ann LaNasa. In addition, she also painted the baseboards and crown molding in several other rooms with a faux marble design, adding a sophisticated air. Identical consoles flank the entrance into the dining room.
To the right of the foyer is the dining room. Identical mahogany armoires stand on each side of the door off the foyer. One serves as an audio/visual center; the other contains china. Ten tapestry covered chairs with nailhead trim pull up to the conference table with an oak edged inlay top. Over the table hangs the original chandelier selected by Mrs. Long. Above the buffet on the opposite wall hangs a painting by artist Robert Dafford called "LA Louisiana (LaSalle Claiming Louisiana 1862)." The buffet can be used as such or pulled up to the dining table to make at T.
A George Rodrigue portrait of former governor Edwin W. Edwards entitled "On the Road Again," showing him stumping in front of Louisiana's Art Deco state capitol hangs on another wall. Another Rodrigue portrait entitled "The Kingfish" of former Governor Huey P. Long, in a white double-breasted suit, hat in hand, hangs on an adjacent wall between French doors that open onto the front of the home.
Across from the foyer is the study, a room with a club atmosphere. Atriae wallpaper in a grass green color set the color scheme for the room. A large tufted leather couch against one wall sits beneath the major piece of artwork in the room: a huge painting by Robert M. Rucker entitled "Cane Wagon." Against another wall stands an antique French buffet with a framed painting by Robert Dafford, depicting the Acadians fleeing from Nova Scotia above it. Two blood-red melon jars sit on top. In two corners of the room brass and iron stands elevate plants high in the air. A large Persian rug, colored green, terra cotta and gold lies underneath. Several occasional chairs and small tables complete the furnishings in the room.
As you walk through the foyer you enter the main living area of the house that now includes what once was an enclosed porch off the back of the home. The back wall in this new addition is a bank of windows that look out onto a beautiful view of trees and Capitol Lake. Subtle lighting highlights the trees at night. The wood paneling in this area was updated with a gray pickle finish. To one side of the addition is a bar also with the gray pickle finish. Overhead ceiling fans add cool breezes. Slate rock from the porch was salvaged to make a cozy fireplace a few feet away. Above the fireplace hangs another Dafford painting, called "The Spirit of '76" depicting a colonial fife and drums. Another armoire holds a huge television. In front of a small couch sits an iron table finished in verdigris.
A door off this area leads to the kitchen with a large center island with warming oven and microwave. Updated with stainless appliances the original cypress cabinetry remains. Just off the main living area is a hallway leading to the bedroom wing of the house. To your right as you enter the hall is a small powder room. Further down the hall the front of the home is a guest room and bath. The master bedroom, with separate dressing areas and a large gameroom are also located in this wing.
Along the hallway adjacent to the master bedroom hang several framed Louisiana Historical Documents, including confederate currency, maps and official documents from some of Louisiana's 19th Century governors. At the end of the Hall, sits the formal office for Longview, referred to as "Earl's Room", hence the room is centered around a George Rodrigue portrait of the former owner "Uncle Earl" showing him wiping his brow in front of a microphone, during one of his many political stump speeches hangs on the back wall. Another Robert Rucker portrait entitled "River Boat Dan Wiley" hangs over the office couch.
Across the veranda, sits the north wing of Longview, which houses the conference room. This rooms serves host to meeting for up to 30 people. The most striking presence in this room, which was previously Mrs. Long's garage, is a life-sized bust of President Abraham Lincoln, by Peter David Edstrom in 1926.
This large beautiful home functions comfortably both as a residence and for entertaining, especially when the Legislature is in session. The fact that it once was the home of Blanche Long adds interest and historical interest to the residence.