Friends from Wells Fargo and The Mint Museum gathered at the George F. Baker House on Wednesday, March 4 to kick off the 26th Armory Show. The night was a joyous celebration and featured the unveiling of a work recently obtained by The Mint Museum with Wells Fargo’s support. Summer Wheat‘s With Side With Shoulder was dramatically revealed to the guests by Mint CEO and President Todd Herman and Mint Chief Curator Jen Sudul Edwards, as they pulled away a silk drape to reveal a colorful, textured painting on aluminum mesh. Wheat’s 2019 painting stood out from the collection of …more
Classical American Homes and The Decorative Arts Trust (DAT) were pleased to welcome a talented group of speakers and an enthusiastic audience to our fourth Emerging Scholars Colloquium. Held on Sunday, January 26, at the George F. Baker Carriage House, this event sold out and was attended by over 100 guests, many of whom joined us for the Bloody Mary and Ham Biscuit Benefit Brunch which followed. The speakers presented impressive research on a range of topics and one repeat attendee said this was “The best colloquium yet!” Thank you to our speakers for making this event such a success …more
The carriage house at 69 E. 93rd Street was the site of the second Richard Hampton Jenrette Memorial lecture the evening of December 10, 2019. Entitled, The Consummation of Earthly Bliss: Dick Jenrette’s Edgewater, the lecture was delivered by CAHPT’s own Peter Kenny and served as a fitting close to our year-long celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of its purchase by Dick in 1969. Edgewater, after Roper House, which was acquired in 1968, was the second important classical American home Dick purchased in the late 1960s, and ushered in a period he referred to in his classic, Adventures with Old …more
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but Millford is so delightful! Join us this season at Millford as we warm up with hot chocolate and cookies. The house will be decorated with seasonal greens, poinsettias, and an abundance of holiday cheer! Saturday, December 7 Grounds: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM House: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Scottish Connections In October 2019, Ayr Mount participated in a town-wide celebration of Scottish heritage called Outlandish Hillsborough. This exhibit was on view during the weeks surrounding the festival and featured Scottish artifacts, 18th and 19th century engravings of Scotland, immigration patterns, food, curiosities and a wee bit of fun facts. Of special interest was a ca. 1930 Buchanan Child’s Dancer Ensemble on loan from the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center, Inc. in Franklin, NC. This sublime ensemble is in pristine condition and includes sporrans, jewelry, hose, doublet, waistcoat and other original pieces. The exhibit concluded on October 20 …more
Over the past several months students from the Clemson University / College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation have spent time at the Roper House and completing a Historic Structure Report. The students researched the history of the home, studied the architecture, and reported on the home’s condition, identifying historically significant and original features. The detailed report includes a chronology of the house’s history starting on May 25, 1839, when Robert Roper purchased the lot of land, and through December 10, 2018, when Classical American Homes Preservation Trust took ownership of the property, devised by CAHPT founder Richard H. …more
Earlier this summer we were lucky to have the fifth grade students from Laurence Manning Academy in Manning, SC come out to Millford for a tour of the house and grounds. The students spent time reflecting on their visit and created drawings and thank you letters for site manager Louie Hall and docent Mrs. Dot. Click any of the images to open a gallery of the students’ work!
Ayr Mount and Millford are open on regular schedules (please see below) and all of our houses are available to tour year-round by request. In addition to private and group tours, our properties offer beautiful locations for a variety events – from weddings and rehearsal dinners, to cocktail or dinner parties, lectures, photography shoots, and more! Click here for more information. Ayr Mount Schedule Ayr Mount, the historic house museum, is open for tours March 15 – December 15, 2019 according to the following weekly schedule: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 11 am Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – 2pm Monday and Tuesday by …more
POSTPONED Thursday, May 16 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM The Spring Patrons Party scheduled for May 16, 2019 has been postponed. We are still are looking forward to celebrating our donors’ generous support and will be offering an event later this year — stay tuned! Any inquiries please contact Julie Smith.
Thank you to all who joined the Decorative Arts Trust and Classical American Homes on Sunday, January 20, 2019 for the third Emerging Scholars Colloquium! We were pleased to host another impressive group of speakers for this unique opportunity to see young scholars present during Americana Week. Despite inclement weather, the room was filled with an audience of fellow scholars, collectors, curators, and other friends who were excited to see presentations on a range of topics in the decorative arts field. Presentations included: Unified Design: Midcentury Modernism at Winterthur Carrie Grief, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University …more