“After Dick Jenrette’s death, a preservation trust strives to keep a dream alive”
Robert Behre of The Post and Courier recently spoke with CAHPT Chairman Buddy Jenrette and Board Director Charles Duell about the future of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. He writes, quoting Buddy:
“There are a lot of things still being settled,” Jenrette said, including the transfer of the Roper house and a few others from his uncle’s estate to the nonprofit trust. “But first of all, the party goes on. A lot of it is just continuing as is.”
But looking ahead, the trust will juggle the preservation of the houses with public access that keeps them relevant in the public’s mind. While the trust has a solid financial foundation, support from the larger community ultimately will be needed, too.
“The houses, if they lose relevance to people today or to people 50 years from now, the dream dies,” he said. “I think the houses have something for everybody, but not everything is for everybody.”