Classical American Homes Preservation Trust

Preserving The Past.Educating The Future.

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust

About The Trust

Established by Richard Hampton Jenrette in 1993, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation which maintains four early-nineteenth-century sites and their remarkable collections of historic decorative and fine arts. Through careful preservation, original research, and collaborative educational programming, the Trust develops public appreciation and understanding of American architecture, landscapes and decorative arts while helping build a stronger, more resilient future for historic preservation and public history more generally.


Learn about the work and research being done to drive the Trust's educational mission forward.

King Charles III’s 1990 Visit to Roper House

Author: Grant Quertermous, CAHPT Curator & Director of Collections While many historic houses in the United States can make the claim that George Washington slept…

“the trees, are made the most of as ornaments to the grounds”: Understanding John L. Manning’s 1855 Landscape Improvements at Millford

Author: Grant Quertermous, CAHPT Curator & Director of Collections Newly uncovered documentary evidence indicates that John Laurence Manning undertook a large-scale landscaping project at Millford…

“The Merry Widow of Roper House”: Mary Coachman Allston

Author: Grant Quertermous, CAHPT Curator & Director of Collections “Burglary—The residence of Mrs. Mary C. Alston, situate on East Bay-street opposite the Battery, was forcibly…

Investigating Millford’s “Garden” and “Gun” Buildings

Author: Jeff Klee, Architectural Historian One of the lingering questions about Millford is the date of the so-called garden and gun buildings, the small one-story…

Discovered Photo Album Illuminates Millford’s Architectural Evolution

By: Gabriel Cristofari, 2021 Almuni of the Clemson-College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation “The significance of the photo album is creating a database…

The Historic Houses of Richard H. Jenrette, Part II: The Interiors and Furnishings

Author: Grant Quertermous, CAHPT Curator and Director of Collections  Part I of this series examined the sixteen historic houses owned by CAHPT’s founder Richard H.…


Join us in our work to study the history of American classical design. Participate in upcoming educational programs and events.


Explore the Trust's four 19th century sites that span the Eastern Seaboard and showcase American classical design and craftsmanship.


Search our catalog of American-made fine and decorative arts, including one of the nation’s largest collections of Duncan Phyfe furniture.