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 (Principal Cello, 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 splendor of an autumn concert …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

Speaking Engagements

PETER KENNY, CO-PRESIDENT OF CLASSICAL AMERICAN HOMES PRESERVATION TRUST, WILL BE GIVING TALKS AT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS.  We hope you will have a chance to join us and hear Peter Kenny speak on topics that range from Percier and Fontaine to 19th Century American interiors to Charles-Honoré Lannuier’s work at New York City Hall. If you have any questions regarding the specific events, please use the links below to inquire with the individual organizations that are hosting the talks.  Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 2:30 PM Architecture et Arts Decoratifs Au Temps De Percier et Fontaine Study Day, Session 3: Paris, Capitale de …more

Hudson Valley Sunday Excursion

June 11, 2017 Come visit Edgewater on an exclusive tour with the Editors of The Magazine Antiques. Contact Hudson Day Trip to reserve your spot, and if you have any inquiries.

Emerging Scholars

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, in conjunction with the Decorative Arts Trust, was pleased to offer an inaugural Colloquium for students and young professionals in the decorative arts field. On Sunday, January 22, 2017, speakers gave short lectures describing an exciting range of new discoveries. This event was sponsored in part by the Wunsch Americana Foundation and is a benefit for the Decorative Arts Trust’s Emerging Scholars Program. Presentations included lectures by: Daniel Ackermann, Department of Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on “Conformable to that of the waters: Cultural Confluence in the Decorative Arts of Early Kentucky”. Emelie Gevalt, Winterthur …more

Spring Patrons Party 2017

Save the date! Margize Howell and Peter Kenny cordially invite you to join us for cocktails at The George F. Baker House in New York City. Thursday, May 18th, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at 67 East 93rd Street, between Park and Madison Avenues. We regret to inform you that Dick Jenrette will not be able to attend this event.  We recognize that a reunion or visit with Dick is a particular motivation for many of our Patrons Party guests, and wanted to let you know in advance.  While Dick’s presence can certainly not be matched, we do still plan on a very …more


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”.

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

Americana Week 2017

Classical American Homes was pleased to welcome friends visiting for the Winter Antiques Show at the George F. Baker house on Tuesday, January 17.   This annual gathering is hosted along with Colonial Williamsburg, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Winterthur, and we were pleased to see so many friendly faces join us this year!  Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the private residence of Richard H. Jenrette, which he graciously opened for the evening. [continued from the Winter/Spring Newsletter] Margize Howell and Peter Kenny, along with Bill Reiss of Colonial Williamsburg, Frank Vagnone of Old Salem/MESDA, and Dave …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.