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
Christmas in the Ayr Ayr Mount was decorated for the holidays with a bounty of freshly cut flowers, naturals, berries, holly, fruit, and evergreens from December 1 – 15. There may even have been a wee bit of thistle and tartan to honor the Kirkland’s Scottish heritage! Ayr Mount is now closed for the months of January and February. Click here for tour schedule and information. Ayr Mount by Candlelight SOLD OUT Thank you the friends who joined us for this special opportunity to experience all the magical charm of Ayr Mount “after hours”. It was fun to experience the home in …more
Dear Friends, Donors, and Preservationists, We are excited to announce the release of our 2017 Annual Report! This special report features a memorial to CAHPT founder Dick Jenrette, who passed away in April of 2018. The cover of this report features the double parlors at Roper House. The Roper House is featured prominently in this report in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dick’s career in preservation, which began in 1968 with his purchase of the house. Historic photos dating back to the 1870s and through the present illustrate the house’s history through the Siegling, Guggenheim, Hastie, and Jenrette eras. …more
George F. Baker House Tuesday, December 11, 2018 5:30 p.m. – Benefit Program 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Reception and Book Signing Thank you to all who joined us for this lovely evening with Pieter Estersohn and The Magazine ANTIQUES at the George F. Baker House. This two-part special evening featured a unique opportunity to see Pieter Estersohn in conversation with Peter M. Kenny, as they discuss the Livingston family and present examples of fine and decorative arts with Livingston family histories from CAHPT’s collection. Guests also had the chance to meet Pieter and have their copy of his Life Along The Hudson signed. We hope to …more
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and Institute of Classical Architecture & Art 2018 Exhibition November 16-17, 2018 We are excited to announce our latest collaboration with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) and PLINTH, the ICAA’s emerging professionals chapter. On November 16 and 17 we welcome you to the George F. Baker Houses for our first ever juried exhibition of works by young and emerging professionals working in the classical tradition. Categories of art to be considered include: drawings, paintings, watercolors, models, sculpture, and furniture. All individuals who enter must be 35 years old or younger. Artwork will be …more
Sunday, October 14 2 PM Join Peter Kenny at Edgewater for a talk on the preservation and interpretation of the house. This talk is part of a series presented by The Magazine ANTIQUES and Hudson Hall, in celebration of Pieter Estersohn’s new book, “Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family”. Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space. Click here for more information on the lecture series and booking information.
HURRICANE FLORENCE UPDATE: Ayr Mount and Poet’s Walk, HOST, and the Oxbow Trail are now open. Some outlying trails (JMJ Nature Preserve) will be flagged and closed until further notice.
Buddy Jenrette, Margize Howell, and Peter Kenny thank all who joined us on Thursday, May 17th at the George F. Baker House for our annual Spring Patrons Party. The event was a bit more somber than in years past, being that Richard Jenrette, CAHPT founder, had passed away just a month prior, on April 22, 2018, at the Roper House in Charleston, SC. Still, there were countless joyous moments shared among the many friends, former colleagues, and family members who were able to attend as we all remembered Dick, a man of rare character and grace — who knew how to throw a …more
Recently, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust was the recipient of a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Tananbaum of New York City of an exceptionally fine late eighteenth-century, Philadelphia tambour desk and bookcase. Firmly attributed to John Aitken (1770-1814), this tambour desk and bookcase is virtually identical to one made by the cabinetmaker for President George Washington that is now at Mount Vernon and is documented as having cost $145.00 and as being delivered to Washington’s home in Philadelphia on March 13, 1797 . The only difference between President Washington’s tambour desk and bookcase and the one given to …more
One of the “best kept secrets” during the New York City Antiques Week in January, as enthusiastically described by an attendee, was an early Sunday morning program presented at the Carriage House of the George F. Baker complex (headquarters for Classical American Homes Preservation Trust). The program – the Emerging Scholars Colloquium – presented by Classical American Homes in conjunction with The Decorative Arts Trust (DAT), drew a full house of collectors, curators, art dealers, and young professionals who gathered to hear the individual research projects of five young scholars in the field of art history and decorative arts. Presentations …more