2016 in Review

This past year has been a celebratory one! With Classical American Homes and our respective Co-Presidents being the recipients of awards in the field, new programs such as the Fakes, Forgeries & Reproductions workshop offered, the unveiling of a bridge at Ayr Mount, and the 175th Anniversary of Millford, and more! Read on.

Wunsch Award – Peter Kenny and Morrison Heckscher
Classical American Homes’ own Peter Kenny, Co-President, and Morrie Heckscher, Emeritus Chairman of the American Wing, were the honorees of the 2016 Wunsch Award. Christie’s hosted the fourth annual Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts on January 20th, 2016 at their Rockefeller Center Galleries.


Americana Week in New York
January in New York was an exciting and busy month at Classical American Homes. CAHPT founder and chairman Richard H. Jenrette welcomed guests to the George F. Baker house in New York City to celebrate Americana Week. We enjoyed catching up with friends from Colonial Williamsburg, MESDA, and Winterthur for this annual get together which kicks off the Winter Antiques Show.


Spring Patrons Party
Dick Jenrette, Margize Howell, and Peter Kenny hosted friends and new donors in May for an evening of conversation and cocktails at The George F. Baker House in New York City.


Historic House Trust Founders Award – Margize Howell
The Historic House Trust presented the Annual Founders Award on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at The Metropolitan Club in Manhattan to Margize Howell, CAHPT Co-President, in recognition of her distinguished career in historic preservation.


Fakes, Forgeries & Reproductions
A day-long seminar was presented by Charles F. Hummel, and sponsored by Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and Leland Little Auctions for the benefit of Ayr Mount. Charles F. Hummel, Curator Emeritus and Adjunct Professor, Winterthur Museum & Garden gave a mini-course on the subject of fakes, forgeries, and reproductions of decorative arts made or used in America.



New Footbridge at Ayr Mount
Connecting Riverwalk to Ayr Mount’s Master Trail Plan, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation (CAHPT) was pleased to announce the official opening of a new pedestrian bridge spanning 95 feet over the Eno River in July.


Fifth Music at Millford
The Fifth Music at Millford, held on Sunday, September 18, was a wonderful celebration of classical music and classical architecture with a fun and engaging group of friends and enthusiasts. Robert deMaine, as Artistic Director, worked tirelessly with us over the course of the year to organize a special program to honor Millford in its 175th year. Robert dazzled us with his talents for the third year in a row, and, with fellow musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nathan Cole and Ben Ullery who were marvelous in their first concert in the double parlor.


Classicist launch at Roper House and Baker House
This current issue, No. 13, is dedicated to The American South, and features an article by Margize Howell and Peter M. Kenny, Co-Presidents at Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, entitled “Architecture on the North-South Axis”.

Millford’s 175th Anniversary Celebration and publication of Millford to celebrate the anniversary of its completion in 1841
On November 5th, we celebrated Millford’s 175th Anniversary in grand style, capping a very important year for this magnificent Greek Revival mansion, one of the jewels in the crown of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. It was a spectacular fall day with family and friends who came to mark this important milestone for Millford.

Yuletide at Millford

On Saturday, Dec. 3  &  Sunday, Dec. 4, over 200 people visited Millford and enjoyed the festive Yuletide decorations graciously provided by The Azalea Garden Club to celebrate Millford’s 175th Anniversary year.


Tours in 2016
Friends and visitors to our houses this past year included

Clemson University’s College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities (see photo, top left) to the Roper House in Charleston, SC; The Danish Historians to Estate Cane Garden in St. Croix, USVI; and The American Friends of the Georgian Group (see photo, top right) to the George F. Baker Houses in New York City. Plus, we have been honored with a notable visit from the First Lady of Cyprus, Andri Anastasiades, who is married to the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades.

Alumni from Williams College’s Class of 1961; The Colonial Dames of America in the state of Georgia; the Winterthur Collector’s Circle; the Clark Art Institute; and donors of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival before the summer was over. In July, students from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (see photos, lower left) who were participating in a summer studio architecture class traveled upstate to Edgewater. In addition, we had the pleasure of the following groups to Edgewater: The Clark Art Institute (see photo, lower right); the Rockford Art Museum; Highlands- Cashiers Chamber Music Festival; The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Historic New England; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Collectors from Laguna Beach, California.

As we transition into the last quarter of our 2016 tour season, the Friends of Boscobel House and Gardens visited the Baker House. At the Roper House: we welcomed donors of Chamber Music Charleston; The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art; The Guggenheim Museum; participants of the Preservation Society of Charleston’s 40th Annual Fall Tours; and guests from Virtuoso Voyager Club Cruises. At Millford: members of the Women’s Council from the Gibbes Museum of Art; the Shaw-Sumter Community Council held a reception for members of the Air Force and Sumter community who will come together to celebrate the spirit of cooperation between these two entities, which was formed over 60 years ago.

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