Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail (HOST) was recently featured in an article in Due South magazine. Debra Burdick visited HOST and spoke with Bill Crowther at Ayr Mount to learn more about the site’s history and why it has been preserved. Read the article here!
Happily residing at Ayr Mount now is the Philadelphia Tambour Desk and Bookcase recently donated to the Trust from Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Tananbaum. This exceptional piece of case furniture is firmly attributed to Scottish-born cabinetmaker John Aitken (1770-1814), who is celebrated as the maker of a nearly identical example for George Washington. We think Aitken would be pleased to know this tambour desk and bookcase are on display at Ayr Mount, a house built by fellow Scotsman William Kirkland (1768-1836). Come by for a visit to see our most recent acquisition as well as another important Philadelphia Federal masterpiece …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
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.