Yuletide at Millford

There has been a tremendous response to this event, and thank you to everyone who has reserved tickets – this event is now sold out for both days. Please join us again in February, on the first Saturday of each month, to experience one of America’s finest examples of Greek Revival architecture! Yuletide at Millford is presented by The Azalea Garden Club of Manning, South Carolina Come enjoy the festive Yuletide decorations, plus refreshments of apple cider, cookies, and live music by Sumter High Orchestra String Quartet directed by Erik Hines. Saturday, December 2, 2017 – SOLD OUT! Grounds are …more

Emerging Scholars Colloquium 2018

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, in conjunction with the Decorative Arts Trust, is pleased to offer our second annual Colloquium for students and young professionals in the decorative arts field. Join us for a morning speaker series on new research by young scholars! This event is sponsored in part by the Wunsch Americana Foundation and is a benefit for the Decorative Arts Trust’s Emerging Scholars Program. Sunday, January 21, 2018 9 AM – 12 PM at the George F. Baker Houses 69 East 93rd Street, New York City EMERGING SCHOLARS COLLOQUIUM 2018 SCHEDULE 8:30am   Registration and Coffee 9:00am   Opening remarks, Margize …more

Videos from The Classical Ideal

Watch videos from the recent concert series, The Classical Ideal: Music and Architecture in Harmony highlighting the themes of classicism and romanticism resonant not only in music but also in the architecture and decorative arts of three historic classical homes – Edgewater, Ayr Mount, and Millford. This concert series, presented in September 2017, featured Robert deMaine (CAHPT’s Director of Music and Principal Cellist, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Simon Adda-Reyss (Associate Professor of Keyboard Studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris). Click here to read more about the musicians. Ayr Mount, Hillsborough, NC West Parlor Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Ludwig …more

The Classical Ideal at Millford

On Saturday, September 23, the culmination of our week-long series of concerts was held at Millford in Pinewood, SC.  Robert deMaine and Simon Adda-Reyss played a repertoire that featured Camille Saint-Saëns, François Couperin, Rachmaninoff and featured an original composition by deMaine, entitled Étude-Caprice No. 3 in G, “Brésil” for solo cello.               Millford, considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States, was an ideal setting for this intersection of music and architecture.  This sixth Music at Millford concert in the double parlor saw a new and returning audience …more

Ceilidh at Ayr 2017

The Cèilidh at Ayr, celebrating the Kirkland family’s Scottish heritage, was held on Saturday, October 21st at Ayr Mount.   The crowd of over 450 people enjoyed a day of music, friendship, crisp autumnal weather, and Scottish stories. Piobadh na Triantan (Gaelic for Piping in the Triangle) opened the festival with their rousing bagpipes filling the autumn air.  John Saxon and Evelyn Judson piped during the mid-day session and explained how the bagpipe works plus a bit about the history of the instrument.      Interspersed with the bagpipes were two Celtic bands.  Hailing from Alabama, Chambless & Muse (comprised of Jil Chambless …more

The Classical Ideal at Edgewater

We began our week-long concert series at Edgewater on Sunday, September 17th, graced with a warm and sunny late-summer afternoon.  Dick Jenrette graciously opened his home to over sixty friends and supporters, who enjoyed cocktails and light fare on Edgewater’s front porch overlooking the lush Catskill Mountains, just steps from the banks of the Hudson River.  Prior to the concert, a small group joined CAHPT Co-President Peter Kenny for an exclusive tour of the house, detailing the history of its owners and the lineage of the furniture and art on display, much of it original to the home.  Susan Donaldson’s …more

Autumn 2017 Tours & Visits

Where has the time gone since Labor Day, and more importantly where has 2017 gone? The year, by all accounts, has flown by with all of the houses very busy with tours and programs.  We are most grateful for your interest in visiting each of these wonderful homes!  Interestingly, it seems as if each of the houses is like a season, with the Fall undoubtedly belonging to Edgewater, the most popular site to visit this season.  Since Labor Day, we have welcomed guests there from The Huntsville Museum of Art, The National Colonial Dames, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, …more

Sonatas and Soundscapes

Tune into Music and Architecture in Harmony hosted by Bradley Fuller on South Carolina’s Public Radio. In this segment that aired on Tuesday, October 24th, Bradley Fuller shares highlights from the concert, as well as interviews with Robert deMaine, artistic director of the series, and Nic Butler, who gave a pre-concert lecture on art, music, and culture in the Antebellum South. Click here to listen to the program. To watch videos of the performances at Ayr Mount and at Millford, click here.

Cèilidh at Ayr 2017

Saturday, October 21 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM A Scottish festival of music and dancing to make your heart sing and your kilt swing! Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a fun and relaxing day. Take a stroll on the Poet’s Walk, visit the Eno River, play in the Children’s (“Wee Bairns”) Play Area, have Fish ‘n Chips from a food truck, and maybe even see the Loch Ayr Monster! Tickets: $15 Adult in advance ($20 on the day of the event)  *Please quit and restart your browser if the ticketing page states tickets are no longer available.  …more

Recent Aquisitions

This fall Classical American Homes Preservation Trust was very fortunate to receive as unrestricted gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Feld a handsome group of lighting devices in the classical style, including a gilded, a three-arm candle scone with eagle, an English double candle lamp by Charles Miller & Sons, circa 1831-1835, and a pair of superb cut glass double argand lamps by the London firm of Johnston, Brookes Company, circa 1815. All of these objects (see right, and below) are superb additions to the collection and will prove to be both handsome and useful when displayed at some of our various sites [Continued from the Winter/Spring Newsletter] In addition, the Felds and their daughter, Elizabeth Feld Herzbeg jointly donated a richly …more