ADA Selects Peter Kenny for 2018 Award of Merit

We are excited to announce the Antiques Dealers Association of America (ADA) has announced CAHPT Co-President Peter M. Kenny as the recipient of its annual Award of Merit in 2018! ADA Vice President Arthur Liverant says, “Peter has done a tremendous amount of groundbreaking research. His exhibitions and publications have changed our understanding of American furniture and decorative arts, especially in the Federal and Classical eras. Beyond that, he has been generous with his knowledge.” The ADA Award of Merit Dinner to honor Peter will be held on Friday, April 20th at the Philadelphia Antiques Show.  For information on tickets …more

Autumn 2017 Newsletter

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

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.

The Garden Club of America Preservation Medal

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

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

Spring/Summer Newsletter

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

September 2017 Concerts

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

Winter 2017 News

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.

Winter at Ayr Mount

The changing of the calendar brings a change of focus, with efforts shifted away from sharing Ayr Mount’s architecture and decorative arts with guests, to preserving and maintaining the house and collection for future visitors. Winter is the ideal time for staff to complete necessary restoration projects. When the restoration is complete, the work should go undetected, allowing guests to experience the rooms free of distraction. [Continued from the Winter/Spring Newsletter] This year, the focus was on repairing the ceilings in the second floor bedrooms. Working on a surface over twelve feet in the air adds a lot of logistics involved in …more

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, …more