Earnest Townsend, Roper House Site Supervisor, Charleston, S.C. This newsletter’s Profile highlights Mr. Earnest Townsend (Earnie), Site Supervisor at Roper House in Charleston, S.C. Richard Jenrette first acquired Roper House in 1968 and began a process of restoring and conserving Roper House in 1980. Earnie Townsend had been working as a painter and plasterer with a local contractor in Charleston who came to work for Mr. Jenrette at Roper House. Impressed by Earnie’s talent, work ethic, and cheerful demeanor, Mr. Jenrette offered him a full-time position upon the completion of this nearly two-year, initial project. Earnie happily accepted and became …more
Dear friends, donors and preservationists, We are delighted to announce the release of our Annual Report 2013. This report features Ayr Mount, the first historic house given by Richard H. Jenrette to Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, beautiful new images of the house, as well as reflections on our programs and activities from the past year. Highlights include: CAHPT celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Ayr Mount’s opening as a house museum and looking forward to the upcoming 200th Birthday of this elegant, historic 1815 house. This report is now available online – please click here to download a digital version …more
Summer reading hot off the press! Check out the latest issue of MILIEU magazine, featuring an article on Richard Jenrette and his dedication to the preservation of historical architecture through his foundation Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. Click on the image (at right) to read the full article.
This newsletter’s Profile will focus on Mr. John W. Smith, better known as Jack, who oversees all of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust’s properties as Director of Operations, and also sits on CAHPT’s Board of Directors. Jack has been with CAHPT since its inception in 1993, also having worked the previous 18 years for Richard Jenrette as a property manager. Jack has been directly involved in the restoration of all CAHPT and Richard Jenrette’s portfolio of properties for nearly 40 years. While working as a contractor in upstate New York, Jack was first introduced to Mr. Jenrette in the fall …more
CAHPT is honored to be a 2014 co-recipient of the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts from the Wunsch Americana Foundation. We are proud to be acknowledged alongside Linda and George Kaufman, major art collectors of Americana. This honor recognizes dedication and contributions in preserving American Decorative Arts and was hosted by Christie’s, New York City on January 22nd. Please click here for the press release.
Hot off the press! Dick Jenrette’s latest book, Columns by the Sea, is the perfect holiday gift for family and friends. Click here to purchase a copy! Columns by the Sea is the third of Dick Jenrette’s books chronicling his love of old houses, following the widely read memoirs, Adventures With Old Houses and More Adventures With Old Houses. In his new book, Mr. Jenrette focuses in greater detail on one of these houses – Roper House, an outstanding example of early 19th Century Greek Revival architecture, circa 1838, on the Battery in Charleston. In Columns by the Sea Dick …more
It is our pleasure to announce that Classical has turned 20 this year! We cannot believe how far we’ve come since our founding in 1993, all thanks to your generous support and sustained interest in what we do. Because of friends and supporters like you, Classical American Homes has been able to continue our preservation mission. The story began…. Classical American Homes started as a non-profit foundation in December 1993 with the gift of Ayr Mount, built circa 1815, in Hillsborough, NC. Ayr Mount was our first historic house museum. (Photos on this page are from our 20th Anniversary Reception …more
Twenty Questions for Twenty Years! 1. What movie influenced Dick Jenrette’s love of classical architecture? 2. True or False. In 1854, Edgewater had a unique octagonal library added to it by A.J. Davis, which later became Gore Vidal’s study. 3. Ayr Mount is located along which important early trading route? a) Carolinian Silk Road b) Old Indian Trading Path c) Tar Heel Tunnel d) Trader Joe’s Produce Aisle 4. What was the first house Dick Jenrette purchased to begin his collection of houses? 5. The architect/builder of Millford Plantation, Nathaniel Potter, was related to which famous Potter who helped save …more