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Michael Barnes

Joe and Teresa Long: House as Museum

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Fourteen years ago, philanthropists Joe and Teresa Long, namesakes for the Long Center for the Performing Arts and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, among other Austin gems, fixed up their Old Enfield house.


Monica Peraza and Teresa Lozano Long at a party for State Sen. Judith Zaffirini.

It was no quick job. They added rooms, including one underground. They seamlessly combined traditional decorative styles. Most importantly, the created a perfect space for their incredible art collection.

Finally, at a fundraiser for State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, I saw it.

Zowie! Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, abstracts, all extraordinarily striking. I spent some time with each one — and would like to spend more. They also display dozens of intricate pieces in jade, ivory and coral.

A couple dozen neatly dressed guests — who raised $100,000 this day — paraded into one room to hear from Joe Long and Sen. Zaffirini. Turns out, she’s the most productive Texas state senator; she sponsored more than 100 bills last session. No issue too small to tackle. She already has signatures waiting for bills the next session.

For somebody whose district runs from Del Valle to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, she’s remained incredibly active for as long as I can remember.