Fifth Music at Millford

Sunday, September 18, 2016 Pinewood, SC The Fifth Music at Millford, held on Sunday, September 18, was a wonderful celebration of classical music and classical architecture with a fun and engaging group of friends and enthusiasts. Robert deMaine, as Artistic Director, worked tirelessly with us over the course of the year to organize a special program to honor Millford in its 175th year. Robert dazzled us with his talents for the third year in a row, and Nathan Cole and Ben Ullery who were marvelous in their first concert in the double parlor. The program was made even more special as the string trio …more

Tours – Autumn 2016

Friends and Visitors Tours at our houses in New York to South Carolina As we transition into the last quarter of our 2016 tour season, each of the houses remaining very busy with tours and special events. Since Labor Day, the following groups have visited Edgewater: The Clark Art Institute, the Rockford Art Museum, Highlands- Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Historic New England, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Collectors from Laguna Beach, California. At the Baker House, there was also a presentation and cocktail reception for the Friends of Boscobel House and Gardens, a …more

Preservation in Progress

A History of the Ayr Mount Master Trail Plan, Hillsborough, NC By Bill Crowther, Site Supervisor “Preservation in Progress” is a phrase that seems to reflect the current challenges of preservation work: on one hand, it literally describes the ongoing effort of making history and conservation more relevant to the present-day, while at the same time, on the other hand, stating preservation work is often done in stages (or by degrees) and that the outcome of this work may be understated, but rest assured it is indeed happening! The often opposing two words are joined together to remind us how …more

The Sumter Item and Millford

The Fifth Music at Millford launches the 175th Anniversary of this National Historic Landmark. Rick Carpenter, from The Sumter Item, covers the day’s program – from the special lecture by Peter M. Kenny, to the concert and a little background about the musicians (not to mention their instruments!), as well as about the history of the house. Click here for the full article.

Standing the Test of Time

To: Friends, Donors and Preservationists From: Dick Jenrette November 2016 What is this fascination Americans seem to have today for things (or people) that are “disruptive?” It started in Silicon Valley with the adulation of newly-minted billionaires who had developed “disruptive technologies.” To qualify as successful it seemed like you had to develop a new technology that “destroyed” something. In olden times we used to think that to be successful you had to be a builder, additive to the economy and not just wiping out something else. This fascination with “disruption” has now moved into politics. Donald Trump has embraced …more

Historic House Trust Founders Award 2016

The Historic House Trust presented the Annual Founders Award on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at The Metropolitan Club in Manhattan to Margize Howell, CAHPT Co-President, in recognition of her distinguished career in historic preservation. Margize is a member of the HHT Directors’ Council and has been an ardent supporter since 1994. Her interest in the preservation of historic homes began at a young age and grew into an extensive career that embodies a committed dedication to preserving our American heritage.  The evening’s theme, Revolution! Starts at Home, marked the 240th anniversary of our country’s 1776 fight for independence and highlighted the many historical, cultural, and social …more

It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that “Swing”

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

Profile: Margize Howell

Margize Howell, Co-President of Classical American Homes, will be the focus of this Newsletter’s Profile. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Margize credits her appreciation the arts at a young age to her parents, who have a love for history, art and architecture. She pursued this interest at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta and then earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia with distinction in Art History. Margize says she had an “a-ha” moment during her first Art History class; she knew then she had found her calling. She further broadened her education in the arts at the Sotheby’s Art …more