Annual Appeal

This coming year will mark the 60th year since I first set foot on Wall Street, a place that today, more than ever, seems enamored with the search for “disruptive” new technologies. In our day, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a firm I founded with two Harvard Business School classmates that went on to become the first publicly-owned New York Stock Exchange member firm, was certainly disruptive. But I never really liked the word disruptive. What has all this got to do with historic preservation and Classical American Homes? Some things need to be disrupted and changed, but equal zeal is often required …more

Tours – Spring 2015

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” (Proverb from Guinea) With spring comes a change in the rhythm of our tour season, as we welcome many patrons to each of the historic houses, who come also to enjoy the warmer weather, the gardens and scenic landscapes associated with each home. We began our traditional spring tour season with each of the properties being quite active. At Millford Plantation, we greeted Friends of the Owens-Thomas House from Savannah for a tour and box lunch, and the following day we also hosted them at the Roper House. So far, …more

Annual Report

Dear friends, donors and preservationists, We are delighted to announce the release of our Annual Report 2013. This report features Ayr Mount, the first historic house given by Richard H. Jenrette to Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, beautiful new images of the house, as well as reflections on our programs and activities from the past year. Highlights include: CAHPT celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Ayr Mount’s opening as a house museum and looking forward to the upcoming 200th Birthday of this elegant, historic 1815 house. This report is now available online – please click here to download a digital version …more

Return to Edgewater

Edgewater, located on the Hudson River in Barrytown, NY, was built in 1825, presumably by John R. Livingston, of the wealthy Hudson River Valley Livingstons, for his daughter, Margaret. In 1852, Robert and Susan Donaldson of North Carolina later purchased the estate. Patrons of architecture and art, the Donaldsons added a library by Alexander Jackson Davis and filled the home with fine American furnishings, family portraiture, and objets d’art. Edgewater was empty when it was purchased by Richard Jenrette from Gore Vidal in 1969. Edgewater remains Mr. Jenrette’s private residence, and his desire to restore the estate and eventually turn …more

Profile: Jack Smith

This newsletter’s Profile will focus on Mr. John W. Smith, better known as Jack, who oversees all of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust’s properties as Director of Operations, and also sits on CAHPT’s Board of Directors. Jack has been with CAHPT since its inception in 1993, also having worked the previous 18 years for Richard Jenrette as a property manager. Jack has been directly involved in the restoration of all CAHPT and Richard Jenrette’s portfolio of properties for nearly 40 years. While working as a contractor in upstate New York, Jack was first introduced to Mr. Jenrette in the fall …more

Wunsch Award

CAHPT is honored to be a 2014 co-recipient of the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts from the Wunsch Americana Foundation. We are proud to be acknowledged alongside Linda and George Kaufman, major art collectors of Americana. This honor recognizes dedication and contributions in preserving American Decorative Arts and was hosted by Christie’s, New York City on January 22nd. Please click here for the press release.  

CAHPT 20th Anniversary

It is our pleasure to announce that Classical has turned 20 this year! We cannot believe how far we’ve come since our founding in 1993, all thanks to your generous support and sustained interest in what we do. Because of friends and supporters like you, Classical American Homes has been able to continue our preservation mission. The story began…. Classical American Homes started as a non-profit foundation in December 1993 with the gift of Ayr Mount, built circa 1815, in Hillsborough, NC. Ayr Mount was our first historic house museum. (Photos on this page are from our 20th Anniversary Reception …more