Classica Americana

We are delighted to introduce a new on-line collection of essays, entitled Classical Americana, that explore aspects of the fine and decorative arts, architectural and social history, issues of conservation and preservation, and the classical tradition in the arts from the founding of the American nation to the present. My colleagues and I sincerely hope that you enjoy this inaugural essay. All the best, Peter M. Kenny, Co-President, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust Click here to read the inaugural essay, “A Recent Gift Sheds New Light on Duncan Phyfe and the New York School of Cabinetmaking”.

Annual Report

Dear Friends, Donors and Preservationists, We are pleased to share with you our Annual Report 2016! This report – featuring Roper House (on the cover), located in Charleston, SC – highlights Classical American Homes Preservation Trust’s nascent beginnings. Richard H. Jenrette, Founder and Chairman of CAHPT, writes about his “first real estate acquisition in 1968” and the “beginning of a nearly 50-year personal hobby in historic preservation.” An overview of all six of our houses, including a description of our programs and audience members, is provided by Margize Howell and Peter Kenny, Co-Presidents. Sign up on our website to receive our mailing or …more

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

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

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

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

WSJ and Edgewater

A Family Legacy on the Hudson. Edgewater, in the Hudson River Valley, is one of several riverfront mansions built by the Livingston family. The Wall Street Journal recently featured these Livingston houses, including Dick Jenrette’s residence in Barrytown, NY. Click here to read the article, and see images of Edgewater as well as a timeline of the Livingstons and their mansions along the Hudson River.