Let’s Play 20/20

Twenty Questions for Twenty Years!

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Vivien Leigh, the star of Gone with the Wind, at Tara Plantation

1. What movie influenced Dick Jenrette’s love of classical architecture?

Answer
Gone with the Wind (1939), Directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor, and Sam Wood.

2. True or False. In 1854, Edgewater had a unique octagonal library added to it by A.J. Davis, which later became Gore Vidal’s study.

Answer
True

3. Ayr Mount is located along which important early trading route?
a) Carolinian Silk Road
b) Old Indian Trading Path
c) Tar Heel Tunnel
d) Trader Joe’s Produce Aisle

Answer
Answer: b) Old Indian Trading Path – although a Trader Joe’s produce aisle would be convenient!

4. What was the first house Dick Jenrette purchased to begin his collection of houses?

Answer
Roper House in 1968.

5. The architect/builder of Millford Plantation, Nathaniel Potter, was related to which famous Potter who helped save Millford from destruction during the Civil War?
a) Helen Beatrix Potter
b) Harry James Potter
c) Brig. Gen. Edward Elmer Potter
d) Gen. William T. Sherman

Answer
Answer: c) Brig. Gen. Edward Elmer Potter

6. What does the Guggenheim Museum have in common with the Roper House?
a) Roper House’s architect was the great-uncle of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim’s architect
b) Robert William Roper was Solomon Guggenheim’s close friend
c) the spiral design of the Guggenheim Museum was said to be in interpretive “modern columns” inspired by the Roper House
d) Solomon Guggenheim, who built his namesake museum, once owned and resided at the Roper House

Answer
Answer: d) Solomon Guggenheim, who built his namesake museum, once owned and resided at the Roper House

French Mantel Clock with George Washingtonby Jean-Baptiste Dubuc, circa 1815-1820gilt bronze

French Mantel Clock with George Washington
by Jean-Baptiste Dubuc, circa 1815-1820
gilt bronze

7. Which house belonged to a prominent banker who founded Citibank?

Answer
The George F. Baker House

8. President George Washington didn’t necessarily sleep there, however he keeps “watch” at these two houses.

Answer
Roper House and Edgewater

9. Which one of our houses was owned by the same family for 170 years?

Answer
Ayr Mount

10. Column-mania —
Which house has the most columns?

Answer
Baker House has eight columns.

Which is the only house with Corinthian columns?

Answer
Millford

Name two houses with Doric columns?

Answer
Cane Garden and Edgewater

Name two with Ionic columns?

Answer
Baker House and Roper House

11. Which house survived the Civil War, 1886 Earthquake, Hurricane Hugo and Sofia Vergara’s visit?

Answer
Roper House

12. Owned originally by French Count DuVal, this oldest home in the collection was used as a monastery and later functioned as a sugar cane plantation under the ownership of Scotch-Irish planters.

Answer
Estate Cane Garden

13.Which house did Dick Jenrette like so much, he bought it twice? Hint-hint: it’s in New York, New York.

Answer
The George F. Baker House (67 East 93rd Street)

14. The Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail, a 1-mile oval track adjacent to Ayr Mount, served what purpose before it was turned into stretches of scenic trails?
a) mysterious crop circle
b) the original NASCAR racetrack before NASCAR moved to Talladega/Daytona Beach
c) a popular Occaneechi Indian sports arena
d) all of the above

Answer
Answer: b) the original NASCAR racetrack before NASCAR moved to Talladega/Daytona Beach

15. Which house had a “sister” house, Millwood, which was burned down in the Civil War?

Answer
Millford

16. Which house has a documented collection of Duncan Phyfe furniture that accidentally fell in the Cape Fear River in transit to Fayetteville, NC and returned over 100 years later from a descendant living in Spain?

Answer
Edgewater

17. This house was designed by Delano & Aldrich as part of a family compound complete with a private railroad car and spur for easy rail travel to the owners’ country house.

Answer
The George F. Baker House

18. Which house shares its lead architect, Dr. William Thornton, with the White House?

Answer
Estate Cane Garden

19. If Scarlett O’Hara had not returned to Tara, which house would she choose?

Answer
She would probably fancy them all, but would have loved the curtains at Millford best!

20. True or False. One of Dick Jenrette’s requisites for Classical American Homes is to enjoy these old houses and have fun with them!

Answer
TRUE! Come have some fun!

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