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

Footbridge at Ayr Mount

For Immediate Release NEW PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE IN HILLSBOROUGH, NC: Connecting Riverwalk to Ayr Mount’s Master Trail Plan Classical American Homes Preservation Trust (CAHPT) and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation is pleased to announce the construction of a new footbridge and a half mile section of the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) located at the Oxbow in Hillsborough, NC. This pedestrian footbridge, spanning 95-feet over the Eno River, will connect downtown Hillsborough to the Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail (HOST) and the Johnston Nature Preserve, situated east of Riverwalk. Construction is scheduled to be completed by August 1, 2016. “This pedestrian footbridge is a unique intersection of heritage …more

Phyfe Unveiled

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

Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter

Enjoy our latest Newsletter – full of great articles, updates on events and tours at our houses, pictures of new and familiar friends! Click here to read the Spring/Summer issue.

Going for the Gold

Two French Ormolu Washington Clocks at Classical American Homes Preservation Trust by Peter Kenny Recently I commented to my colleague Margize Howell on the extraordinary number of French ormolu mantel clocks on view in the houses of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. When I asked her if she knew just how many there are, she answered, “count the number of fireplace mantels.” Though Margize was being facetious, a concurrent count of fireplace mantels and the French mantel clocks acquired by Dick Jenrette and Bill Thompson over the years, which number twenty-one in total, revealed that we are only around a …more

A Day of Art & Architecture

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

Dean F. Failey

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and the entire American decorative arts community have lost a much-loved friend, Dean F. Failey, who died suddenly at home in East Northport on May 19, 2015. Dean is the author of Long Island Is My Nation: The Decorative Arts & Craftsmen 1640-1830, and was the first full-time director of the East Hampton Historical Society. His deep knowledge and appreciation of American antiques was an inspiration to scholars, curators, collectors, and dealers in the field. [continued below…] In 1979, he joined Christie’s auction house in New York and went on to become a Senior Vice-President and …more