Wunsch Awards CAHPT

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, the Wunsch Americana Foundation honored Dick Jenrette and Classical American Homes Preservation Trust as a co-recipient of the second-annual Eric Martin Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts alongside Linda and George Kaufman, major collectors of Americana. The award ceremony was held at the Rockefeller Center Galleries at Christie’s, New York, where over 200 guests gathered to celebrate the honorees’ dedication to American Arts and their continuation of the legacy of renowned collector, Eric Martin Wunsch. The Eric Martin Wunsch Award was created by the Wunsch Americana Foundation in the memory of Martin Wunsch to …more

Return to Edgewater

Edgewater, located on the Hudson River in Barrytown, NY, was built in 1825, presumably by John R. Livingston, of the wealthy Hudson River Valley Livingstons, for his daughter, Margaret. In 1852, Robert and Susan Donaldson of North Carolina later purchased the estate. Patrons of architecture and art, the Donaldsons added a library by Alexander Jackson Davis and filled the home with fine American furnishings, family portraiture, and objets d’art. Edgewater was empty when it was purchased by Richard Jenrette from Gore Vidal in 1969. Edgewater remains Mr. Jenrette’s private residence, and his desire to restore the estate and eventually turn …more

Profile: Jack Smith

This newsletter’s Profile will focus on Mr. John W. Smith, better known as Jack, who oversees all of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust’s properties as Director of Operations, and also sits on CAHPT’s Board of Directors. Jack has been with CAHPT since its inception in 1993, also having worked the previous 18 years for Richard Jenrette as a property manager. Jack has been directly involved in the restoration of all CAHPT and Richard Jenrette’s portfolio of properties for nearly 40 years. While working as a contractor in upstate New York, Jack was first introduced to Mr. Jenrette in the fall …more

Exhibition of Coverlets

Americana Series  Coverlets: Treasure from the Loom April 2nd – 30th, 2014 Ayr Mount presents the inaugural installment in our exciting Americana Series, Coverlets: Treasures from the Loom, where over 50 woven coverlets was on view. The production of woven coverlets dates to Colonial times, when they quickly became essential household items. In the 19th century the industry grew and coverlets became increasingly popular, especially in the Northeast. Advancements in manufacturing and weaving techniques allowed for increased production and the creation of more intricately patterned coverlets over time. Two types of coverlets – Figured and Fancy and geometric – were …more

Antique Appraisal Fair

April 17th (4 – 7 PM) What’s in your closet or attic? Ever wonder if that antique is worth more than you expect or a family heirloom is a missing part of an American legacy? Join us on April 17th (4 – 7 PM) for Ayr Mount’s first-ever Antique Appraisal Fair with guest of honor Julia Carpenter, of UNC-TV’s Collecting Carolina. This event, inspired by Antiques Roadshow, will give guests the opportunity to have two antiques appraised by local experts from Leland Little Auctions, Whitehall at the Villa Antiques, and The Persian Carpet. Accepting for appraisal silver, pottery, porcelain, paintings, jewelry, engravings, textiles, furniture, wine, …more

Martha Stewart

Estate Cane Garden welcomed Martha Stewart for a tour of the house and grounds during her recent vacation to St. Croix. She spent part of the afternoon learning more about the history of the house’s architecture, furnishings and associated ruins, as well as its extensive collection of Island mahogany furniture and classical decor. Ms. Stewart must have had a great time (but who wouldn’t while sipping rum by the Caribbean!), because she featured her visit to Cane Garden in a recent post on her blog “Martha: Up Close and Personal“. Read the blog post and see 65 pictures from her …more

Wunsch Award

CAHPT is honored to be a 2014 co-recipient of the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts from the Wunsch Americana Foundation. We are proud to be acknowledged alongside Linda and George Kaufman, major art collectors of Americana. This honor recognizes dedication and contributions in preserving American Decorative Arts and was hosted by Christie’s, New York City on January 22nd. Please click here for the press release.  

William L. Thompson

CAHPT Founding Board Director and Interior Designer, dies at 85. With a heavy heart we announce that Bill Thompson passed away quietly on November 24, 2013 at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC following an extended illness. In his 48 years with Dick Jenrette, Bill was involved in the restoration, decoration and landscaping of several important, early 19th-century homes. These included Edgewater, built in 1824 on the Hudson River in northern Dutchess County; Roper House, built in 1838 in Charleston, SC; Millford Plantation, built in 1840 near Columbia, SC; Ayr Mount, built in 1815 in Hillsborough, NC and Cane Garden, …more

NEW book on Roper House

Hot off the press! Dick Jenrette’s latest book, Columns by the Sea, is the perfect holiday gift for family and friends. Click here to purchase a copy! Columns by the Sea is the third of Dick Jenrette’s books chronicling his love of old houses, following the widely read memoirs, Adventures With Old Houses and More Adventures With Old Houses. In his new book, Mr. Jenrette focuses in greater detail on one of these houses – Roper House, an outstanding example of early 19th Century Greek Revival architecture, circa 1838, on the Battery in Charleston. In Columns by the Sea Dick …more

CAHPT 20th Anniversary

It is our pleasure to announce that Classical has turned 20 this year! We cannot believe how far we’ve come since our founding in 1993, all thanks to your generous support and sustained interest in what we do. Because of friends and supporters like you, Classical American Homes has been able to continue our preservation mission. The story began…. Classical American Homes started as a non-profit foundation in December 1993 with the gift of Ayr Mount, built circa 1815, in Hillsborough, NC. Ayr Mount was our first historic house museum. (Photos on this page are from our 20th Anniversary Reception …more