House & Garden (magazine)


House & Garden (magazine)

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

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 architects. [http://www.philadelphiabuildings.org/pab/app/ar_display.cfm/23804] The magazine became part of Condé 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) ["Herbert C. Wise; Editor of House and Garden Dies in Philadelphia at 72", "The New York Times", 12 June 1945]
*Richardson L. Wright (1914-1946) ["Richardson L. Wright Is Dead; Ex-Editor of House and Garden", "The New York Times", 7 August 1961]
*Albert Kornfeld (1946-1956) ["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]
*Mary Jane Pool (1970-1980) [http://www.drury.edu/multinl/story.cfm?ID=163&NLID=85]
*Louis Oliver Gropp (1980-1987)
*Anna Wintour (1987-1988)
*Nancy Novogrod (1988-1993) [http://www.minonline.com/news/5519.html]
*Dominique Browning (1995-2007)

The magazine was renamed "HG" with its March 1988 issue, under editor in chief Anna Wintour. [Michael Joseph Gross, "Anna Wintour Leaving British Vogue for House & Garden", "The New York Times", 15 August 1987] 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". [Susan Heller Anderson, "HG Is Not What It Used to Be", "The New York Times", 8 June 1988] 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. [Deirdre Carmody, "The Media Business: House & Garden to Rejoin a Rich Club", "The New York Times", 17 April 1995] 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." [http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/breaking_news/house_garden_1901_2007_70435.asp] The magazine's offices closed on 9 November 2007, and its last issue was December 2007.

Foreign editions of the magazine are published in the U.K. and South Africa. A Greek edition was launched in November 2007. [http://www.indiantelevision.com/release/y2k7/nov/novrel15.php]

References

External links

* [http://www.houseandgarden.com/ "House & Garden"'s official site]
* [http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/recent_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003668039 MediaWeek article about "House & Garden"'s 2007 closing]
* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/05/AR2007110502020.html Washington Post article about "House & Garden"'s 2007 closing]
* [http://www.wwd.com/memopad/article/120067 WWD article about the 2007 closing]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/06/business/media/06mag.html New York Times article about the 2007 closing]


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