Dick Jenrette receives medal

On Thursday, November 6th, Richard H. Jenrette was awarded The Albert Simons Medal of Excellence for his dedicated work in historic preservation. The Albert Simons Medal honors individuals who have excelled in one or more of the following areas: civic design, architectural design, historic preservation, and urban planning. The award was presented by the Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program of the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Prior recipients of the Simons Medal include: His Royal Highness Prince Charles – The Prince of Wales, Mayor Joseph P. Riley, John D. Milner, Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Allan Greenberg. Click …more

At Ayr Mount

The past, the present and the future all seemed to converge at Ayr Mount during the month of September. This Federal-era plantation house (at right), built in 1815, may be turning 200 years old in the coming year, but Ayr Mount is certainly characterized by a youthful vibrance and energy that local partnerships and community events bring to the site. The house museum, gardens and grounds, in addition to nearly 300 acres of woodlands and trails across the Eno River, is situated within a dynamic community that celebrates its history while looking forward to new and exciting projects highlighting all …more

Announcing Co-President Peter Kenny

Classical American Homes Elects New Co-Presidents – Peter Kenny and Margize Howell New York, NY – For Immediate Release Peter 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. …more

Video to Watch

Robert deMaine in concert at Millford Music at Millford Sunday, September 21, 2014 Millford Plantation, Pinewood, SC Robert deMaine, Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and James Wilhelmsen on piano. Post by Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, Richard H. Jenrette Foundation.


Earnest Townsend, Roper House Site Supervisor, Charleston, S.C. This newsletter’s Profile highlights Mr. Earnest Townsend (Earnie), Site Supervisor at Roper House in Charleston, S.C. Richard Jenrette first acquired Roper House in 1968 and began a process of restoring and conserving Roper House in 1980. Earnie Townsend had been working as a painter and plasterer with a local contractor in Charleston who came to work for Mr. Jenrette at Roper House. Impressed by Earnie’s talent, work ethic, and cheerful demeanor, Mr. Jenrette offered him a full-time position upon the completion of this nearly two-year, initial project. Earnie happily accepted and became …more

Music at Millford 2014

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and the Friends of Millford presented our third annual Music at Millford on Sunday, September 21. Over 150 friends joined us on this beautiful, late-summer day in Pinewood, South Carolina. Guests enjoyed exploring the gardens and grounds, taking a look inside private rooms not usually open during public tours, and sipping on a cool drink on Millford’s porches. A few friends even brought along a picnic – a perfect way to experience the splendor of this historic landmark. Millford looked magnificent, even with concert seating in place of the suite of Duncan Phyfe furniture that …more

Annual Report

Dear friends, donors and preservationists, We are delighted to announce the release of our Annual Report 2013. This report features Ayr Mount, the first historic house given by Richard H. Jenrette to Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, beautiful new images of the house, as well as reflections on our programs and activities from the past year. Highlights include: CAHPT celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Ayr Mount’s opening as a house museum and looking forward to the upcoming 200th Birthday of this elegant, historic 1815 house. This report is now available online – please click here to download a digital version …more

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