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

Announcing

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.

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.  

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

Yuletide at Millford, Ayr Mount and …

Thank you for joining us this holiday season at Millford, Ayr Mount, and the Roper House! In light of Millford’s 175th Anniversary last year, we ended 2016 with some festive decorations to highlight the season as well as to celebrate this milestone in Millford’s history. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the ladies of The Azalea Garden Club of Manning, SC, for their generous offer of time and sense of beauty to decorate the halls and rooms at Millford. Over 200 people visited Yuletide at for refreshments of apple cider, cookies, and live music on the first weekend of December. Click here to see …more