By Peter Kenny We’ve got our “swing” alright, thanks to the generous gift of one of the original “swing” dressing glasses from Millford by longtime friends and supporters Marika and Thomas Gordon Smith (fig. 1), architect and former chairman of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. Handsome and architectural, this dressing glass now stands in the southeast corner bedroom at Millford (fig. 2), quite possibly in the place it occupied when it first was uncrated and assembled. Two “swing glasses” packed in their own custom crates are recorded on a June 2, 1841 bill of lading …more
Two events this September and October to celebrate Millford’s Anniversary Music at Millford Sunday, September 18, 2016 An notable string trio from the Los Angeles Philharmonic will present an exclusive program at Millford this September. Robert deMaine, Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is both the Artistic Director and a performer in this year’s concert. Robert will be playing with Nathan Cole, First Associate Concertmaster, and Ben Ullery, Assistant Principal Viola. The concert program will include an original composition created for the occasion of Millford’s anniversary, by Robert deMaine. In addition, there will be a pre-concert lecture by Peter Kenny, …more
We are grateful to have seen many of you at our fourth annual Music at Millford, on September 13, which proved once again to be a great success. The concert was attended by 115 guests – essentially, a full house – with many returning friends and many new ones as well. Everyone enjoyed Millford’s historic setting and the talents of three virtuoso musicians. The weather was perfect, unseasonably mild, and was a great complement to the picnic lunch. Another new feature of the event this year was a special lecture by CAHPT Co-President, Peter Kenny, entitled “Phyfe Unveiled: A New Look at …more
Saturday, December 5, 2015 Plan a holiday visit to Millford – the last open Saturday of the year! Guided tours available on the hour at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 noon, and 1:00 PM. Gates open at 9:30 AM and close at 3:00 PM. Admission is $15 per person (16 years and under are free). Please call (803) 452-6194 to reserve a tour. Millford is located at 7320 Millford Plantation, Pinewood, SC 29125. Millford is 45 minutes from Columbia, SC; 2 hours approximately from Charlotte, NC and Charleston, SC. Click here for detailed directions to Millford.
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
Two Bedrooms with Original Furniture Recently Installed at Millford By Peter Kenny Millford, one of the great Greek revival houses in America, is renowned for its spectacular giant order colonnade, pure geometric massing, and look of stately classical repose on the sand hills of Clarendon County, South Carolina. It is also justifiably famous for its superbly proportioned and beautifully furnished ground floor interiors. Since opening to the public in 2008, Millford has welcomed thousands of visitors to tour through its ground floor rooms – the commodious central hall, magnificent double parlor, apse-ended dining room, and handsome, bookcase-lined library. After completing …more
Sunday, September 13, 2015 Grounds Open at noon Picnic starts at 12:30 PM Concert at 2:30 PM Featuring Amy Schwartz Moretti, Violin Chair and Director of Mercer’s McDuffie Center for Strings, Robert deMaine, Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and James Wilhelmsen on piano. Pre-Concert Exclusive: Phyfe Unveiled at 12:30 PM Benefit lecture and tour led by Duncan Phyfe expert and CAHPT Co-President, Peter Kenny, followed by a private viewing of the two newly installed bedrooms with original Phyfe furniture from Millford. Round-trip Bus transportation from Charleston is available based on Guests’ interest. Details on Step 1 of 3 of …more
On Saturday April 18, 2015 Dick Jenrette, Peter Kenny and Classical American Homes Preservation Trust hosted a special day of art and architecture at Millford, sponsored by Ronald Long and Kinga Bender of Charlton Hall Galleries in Columbia, South Carolina, and made possible by the meticulous preparations of Site Supervisor Louie Hall and his team. The day was marked by intermittent, gentle spring rain and soft-filtered light through thin overcast clouds that only served to accentuate the beauty of the architecture and the surrounding landscape. [continued below…] Throughout the course of the day 132 guests wandered freely about the principal …more