Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation is proud to recognize Dick Jenrette’s singular achievement of 50 years of preservation in 2018. With his 1968 purchase of the 1838 Robert W. Roper House on Charleston’s High Battery, Dick Jenrette embarked on a life-long adventure that would establish him as one of the leading preservationists in the country. Over the past 50 years, he has acquired and cared for: • more than a dozen historic houses • over 1,500 acres of protected land • up to 4,000 works of art and period furniture • and received over …more
We are pleased to report that at the end of 2017, Dick Jenrette made a charitable gift to CAHPT of the land and outbuildings surrounding Millford Plantation in Pinewood, South Carolina. Mr. Jenrette donated the main house and land on which it sits to CAHPT in 2008, and we have been maintaining the house and administering tours and programs there since. Mr. Jenrette has now given his remaining land and buildings on the property to the organization. This consists of nearly 400 acres of land and 17 improvements, including the Caretaker’s House, Stables, Garden Cottage, Gun Room, Gate House, and …more
Recently, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust was the recipient of a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Tananbaum of New York City of an exceptionally fine late eighteenth-century, Philadelphia tambour desk and bookcase. Firmly attributed to John Aitken (1770-1814), this tambour desk and bookcase is virtually identical to one made by the cabinetmaker for President George Washington that is now at Mount Vernon and is documented as having cost $145.00 and as being delivered to Washington’s home in Philadelphia on March 13, 1797 . The only difference between President Washington’s tambour desk and bookcase and the one given to …more
Featured in the Autumn 2017 Newsletter: “Under the Covers”, Peter Kenny’s latest edition in our Classica Americana series, explores and uncovers mysteries around upholstery at Millford. Read about our Fall concert series, “The Classical Ideal: Music & Architecture in Harmony” at Edgewater, Ayr Mount, and Millford. Watch videos from the performances and listen to a radio broadcast by Bradley Fuller of South Carolina Public Radio featuring an interview with cellist Robert deMaine. Read about and see photos from the “Cèilidh at Ayr Mount”, which drew a crowd of over 450 people! Who’s who that came to visit our houses this …more
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.
Richard Jenrette receives Historic Preservation Medal from The Garden Club of America Baltimore (May 6, 2017) – Richard H. Jenrette, philanthropist and respected Wall Street leader, has received one of the highest honors bestowed by The Garden Club of America (GCA), the Historic Preservation Medal. The medal, presented at the GCA’s annual meeting here this evening, is awarded for outstanding work in the field of preservation and/or restoration of historic gardens or buildings of national importance. Hailing his “exemplary national record as a preservationist,” the GCA said that “Jenrette’s story is one of a lifelong passion to save and meticulously …more
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
Click on the image of the Summer / Spring 2017 Newsletter (at right) to read the latest issue. In this issue: Read about the history of music at our houses, in “Tradition of Music Continues at Classical American Homes Preservation Trust” and listen to a sample of period harp music, similar to what Mrs. Donaldson might have played at Edgewater. Catch up on the latest news regarding the Conservation of Capitals at Millford, including detailed images of the disassembly of the capital and the discoveries during the process. An update from Ayr Mount and what’s new on the trails! …more
The Classical Ideal: Music & Architecture in Harmony Join us at Edgewater, Ayr Mount, and Millford for a unique experience at these historic houses. This concert series highlights the themes of classicism and romanticism that are resonant in music, architecture and decorative arts of the first half of the 19th century. A three-part concert series, featuring 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. Edgewater, Barrytown, NY Sunday, September 17 Experience the …more
To read the Winter 2017 Newsletter, click here. Articles include: Americana Week cocktail party at the George F. Baker House in New York City Emerging Scholars Colloquium Winter restoration projects at Ayr Mount, Hillsborough, NC Yuletide at Millford, Ayr Mount, and Roper House Recent Art Acquisitions Upcoming – Spring Patrons Party 2017 Announcing Classica Americana Announcement from the field: Albert Simons Medal of Excellence Friends and Visitors to our Houses Click here for the Newsletter.