The Classical Ideal at Edgewater

We began our week-long concert series at Edgewater on Sunday, September 17th, graced with a warm and sunny late-summer afternoon.  Dick Jenrette graciously opened his home to over sixty friends and supporters, who enjoyed cocktails and light fare on Edgewater’s front porch overlooking the lush Catskill Mountains, just steps from the banks of the Hudson River.  Prior to the concert, a small group joined CAHPT Co-President Peter Kenny for an exclusive tour of the house, detailing the history of its owners and the lineage of the furniture and art on display, much of it original to the home.  Susan Donaldson’s …more

Autumn 2017 Tours & Visits

Where has the time gone since Labor Day, and more importantly where has 2017 gone? The year, by all accounts, has flown by with all of the houses very busy with tours and programs.  We are most grateful for your interest in visiting each of these wonderful homes!  Interestingly, it seems as if each of the houses is like a season, with the Fall undoubtedly belonging to Edgewater, the most popular site to visit this season.  Since Labor Day, we have welcomed guests there from The Huntsville Museum of Art, The National Colonial Dames, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, …more

Sonatas and Soundscapes

Tune into Music and Architecture in Harmony hosted by Bradley Fuller on South Carolina’s Public Radio. In this segment that aired on Tuesday, October 24th, Bradley Fuller shares highlights from the concert, as well as interviews with Robert deMaine, artistic director of the series, and Nic Butler, who gave a pre-concert lecture on art, music, and culture in the Antebellum South. Click here to listen to the program. To watch videos of the performances at Ayr Mount and at Millford, click here.

Cèilidh at Ayr 2017

Saturday, October 21 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM A Scottish festival of music and dancing to make your heart sing and your kilt swing! Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a fun and relaxing day. Take a stroll on the Poet’s Walk, visit the Eno River, play in the Children’s (“Wee Bairns”) Play Area, have Fish ‘n Chips from a food truck, and maybe even see the Loch Ayr Monster! Tickets: $15 Adult in advance ($20 on the day of the event)  *Please quit and restart your browser if the ticketing page states tickets are no longer available.  …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

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

Spring/Summer Newsletter

Click on the image of the Summer / Spring 2017 Newsletter (at right) to read the latest issue.   In this issue: Read about the history of music at our houses, in “Tradition of Music Continues at Classical American Homes Preservation Trust” and listen to a sample of period harp music, similar to what Mrs. Donaldson might have played at Edgewater. Catch up on the latest news regarding the Conservation of Capitals at Millford, including detailed images of the disassembly of the capital and the discoveries during the process. An update from Ayr Mount and what’s new on the trails! …more

Concert at Edgewater

Join us at Edgewater for a unique experience at this historic house.  This concert, The Classical Ideal: Music and Architecture in Harmony highlights the themes of classicism and romanticism resonant not only in music but also in the architecture and decorative arts of this historic classical home. A three-part concert series, featuring Robert deMaine (CAHPT’s Director of Music and Principal Cellist, 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 Octagon Library Sunday, September 17, 2017 Grounds open at 2:00 …more

Concert at Ayr Mount – Sold Out!

This event is sold out.  Please join us next time! Not to be missed! Come to Ayr Mount for a very special program at this historic house. The Classical Ideal: Music and Architecture in Harmony is a concert that highlights the themes of classicism and romanticism resonant not only in music but also in the architecture and decorative arts of this historic classical home. The Kirkland’s original late eighteenth-century, London-made pianoforte, will be played by Simon Adda-Reyss. A three-part concert series, featuring Robert deMaine (CAHPT’s Director of Music and Principal Cellist, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Simon Adda-Reyss (Associate Professor of Keyboard Studies at …more

Concert at Millford

Make reservations before tickets are sold out this year, and join us at Millford for a unique experience at this historic house. This concert, The Classical Ideal: Music and Architecture in Harmony highlights the themes of classicism and romanticism resonant not only in music but also in the architecture and decorative arts of this historic classical home. A three-part concert series, featuring Robert deMaine (CAHPT’s Director of Music and Principal Cellist, 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. Millford, Pinewood, …more