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House & Garden
Editor Susan Crewe
Categories Shelter
Frequency monthly
Publisher Condé Nast Publications (U.K.)
Country multiple separate editions (United Kingdom, South Africa, Greece)
Website (U.K. edition)

House & Garden was an American shelter magazine published by Condé Nast Publications that focused on interior design, entertaining, and gardening.

Foreign editions of the magazine are still published in the United Kingdom (as of October 2009) and South Africa. The British edition is edited by Susan Crewe, and is very successful and influential, as well as profitable. A Greek edition was launched in November 2007. [1]

History of U.S. edition

The magazine was launched in 1901 as a journal devoted to architecture, and its founding editors were Herbert C. Wise, Wilson Eyre, and Frank Miles Day, all Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, architects.[2] The magazine became part of Condé Montrose Nast's publishing empire when he bought an interest in it in 1911; he became its sole owner in 1915. Nast transformed it into a magazine about interior design, as part of his trend toward specialized publications aimed at niche markets.

Among the editors in chief of House & Garden were:

  • Herbert C. Wise (1901-1905)[1]
  • Richardson L. Wright (1914-1946)[2]
  • Albert Kornfeld (1946-1956)[3]
  • Mary Jane Pool (1970-1980) [3]
  • Louis Oliver Gropp (1980-1987)
  • Anna Wintour (1987-1988)
  • Nancy Novogrod (1988-1993) [4]
  • Dominique Browning (1995-2007)

The magazine was renamed HG with its March 1988 issue, under editor in chief Anna Wintour.[4] Its new emphasis on mixing fashion and interior decoration in its pages led the revamped magazine to be derided as House & Garment by its critics; another derisive sobriquet was Vanity Chair.[5] Wintour became editor in chief of Vogue in 1988; HG ceased publication in 1993.

House & Garden was relaunched in 1995 under editor in chief Dominique Browning; its first issue of its second incarnation was September 1996.[6] Condé Nast Publications announced on 5 November 2007 that the magazine was being closed again, stating that "we no longer believe it is a viable business investment for the company." [5] The magazine's offices closed on 9 November 2007, and its last issue was December 2007.


  1. ^ "Herbert C. Wise; Editor of House and Garden Dies in Philadelphia at 72", The New York Times, 12 June 1945.
  2. ^ "Richardson L. Wright Is Dead; Ex-Editor of House and Garden", The New York Times, 7 August 1961.
  3. ^ "Albert Kornfeld, Dead at 61; A Writer, Editor, and Lecturer; Chief of House and Garden for Nine Years", The New York Times, 18 August 1962.
  4. ^ Michael Joseph Gross, "Anna Wintour Leaving British Vogue for House & Garden", The New York Times, 15 August 1987.
  5. ^ Susan Heller Anderson, "HG Is Not What It Used to Be", The New York Times, 8 June 1988.
  6. ^ Deirdre Carmody, "The Media Business: House & Garden to Rejoin a Rich Club", The New York Times, 17 April 1995.

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