Announcing Co-President Peter Kenny

Classical American Homes Elects New Co-Presidents – Peter Kenny and Margize Howell

New York, NY – For Immediate Release

efb_peter_kenny_0020Peter Kenny, a longtime Curator and Administrator of The American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum, will be joining Classical American Homes Preservation Trust as Co-President with Margize Howell, the foundation’s current Executive Director.  The appointments, to take effect January 1, 2015, were announced today by Richard H. Jenrette, founder and Chairman.  Classical American Homes is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) foundation whose primary focus is the preservation of classical residential architecture, period furnishings, and landscapes in America, primarily of the early 19th century.

Peter Kenny is considered one of the nation’s foremost authorities on American furniture and is the current Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts and Administrator of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum.  He is a 30-year veteran of The Met and has worked closely with Morrison Heckscher, Chairman (Emeritus) of the American Wing on the recently completed renovation of its unsurpassed collection of period rooms and galleries for the fine and decorative arts.  Peter Kenny is also a noted lecturer and the author of various award-winning books on American furniture, including, most recently, Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York and Honoré Lannuier, Cabinet Maker from Paris: The Life and Work of a French Ébéniste in Federal New York.  He is a long-term resident of New York’s Hudson River Valley and is on the Board of Directors of the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which publishes annually American Furniture and Ceramics in America, the journals of record in their fields, Boscobel Restorations, Inc., the Decorative Arts Trust, and the Classical Institute of the South.  He is a graduate of Montclair State University (BA) and the State University of New York, Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies (MA).

Margize Howell, who will be Co-President with Peter Kenny, is the current Executive Director of Classical American Homes, a position she has held for the past four years.  Previously, she was Senior Curator for 16 years at Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette, a major Wall Street investment banking firm whose New York offices included a large collection of early 19th century Americana, which included portraits, antique furnishings, and documents related to our nation’s financial history.  DLJ was sold to Credit Suisse in 2000, at which point Margize Howell joined Classical American Homes.  She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a History of Art graduate with distinction from the University of Virginia, and the Sotheby’s Works of Art Programme in London.  Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the Decorative Arts Trust and the Advisory Councils of the Historic House Trust of New York City and the Charleston Heritage Symposium.  She previously served as President of the Association of Professional Art Advisors and American Friends of Attingham Summer School.

In other appointments, Dr. Joseph M. Jenrette III, a nephew of the founder, has been elected Vice-Chairman of the foundation and John W. (Jack) Smith has been elected Executive Vice-President – Operations.  Both are founding Directors.

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust was founded in 1993 by Richard Hampton Jenrette, longtime chairman of Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette and, later, of The Equitable Life Assurance Society.  Classical American Homes’ preservation activities are focused on the first 50 years of American History, beginning in the late 18th century and continuing into the first half of the 19th century.  The foundation either owns or will inherit seven properties that represent the classical residential architecture, period furnishings, and landscapes popular in this period.  All sites are open for group tours throughout the year by appointment and to the general public on a pre-arranged schedule.  For more information on Classical American Homes Preservation Trust visit or contact our office at 69 East 93rd Street, New York, New York, 10128, telephone (212) 369–4460.

Photo credit: Jackie Neale, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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