Oom pah pah! On Tuesday, October 29, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League gathered at the Roper House to kick of their 2019-2020 Revels Season with an Oktoberfest Celebration. Featuring lively music provided by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Polka Band, as well as german food and drink — wursts, pretzels, and a variety of brews — it was a lovely evening on the High Battery. Watch a clip of the band playing the Chicken Dance! Click below to enlarge photos.
On Tuesday, October 21, 2019, a group of 40 museum professionals from across the southeast gathered for a lovely reception at the William Robert Roper House in Charleston as part of the 2019 Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) Annual meeting. The event was a celebration of SEMC’s leadership, partners and generous contributors to the endowment. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the garden, the gorgeous interior spaces and a stunning sunset. A trio of talented young musicians from the prestigious Charleston County School of the Arts provided beautiful music to further enhance the evening. This memorable experience was made possible …more
Over 1,500 people gathered at Ayr Mount over October 12-13, 2019 as part of the town-wide Outlandish celebration. On Saturday, Scottish musicians — including pipers, drummers, fiddles, and vocalists — joined dancers and other performers in a celebration of Scottish heritage. Food vendors featured traditional Scottish fare including fish and chips, ale, and Irn Bru and kids could play and craft in the Wee Bairns Play Area. The Loch Ayr Monster even made a return visit! On Sunday, guests donned their favorite Outlander-inspired attire to “Step Through The Stones” into a locale of the beloved Outlander Series, whose main characters …more
Read the latest in news and goings-on at Classical American Homes in our Summer 2019 Newsletter! Peter Kenny discusses our latest acquisitions at Millford Updates from the Clemson University / College of Charleston Historic Preservation Program’s Historic Structures Report at Roper House Summer tours and visits from various educational groups and more!
Our 2018 Annual Report is now available — click the image below to read about our busy year!
“Its classical architecture transcends time. When you’re there, in the house and on the grounds, you can feel the long past, its history, but you also expect that it will continue long into the future.” Deena C. Bouknight visited Millford this spring to tour the home and research for her beautifully written article on the history of the house and its inhabitants. Deena had a chance to speak with CAHPT’s own Peter Kenny, as well as Emory Clark, whose family has a long connection to the property as well. She carefully connects the lineage of the home, starting with the …more
We are grateful to report Roper House sustained only a few broken shutters during the storm. Millford and Ayr Mount also fared well. Our hearts are with those still dealing with the effects of Dorian in the Bahamas and all affected areas. Photo of more peaceful days atop the roof at Roper House, overlooking a calm Charleston Harbor by Rick Rhodes.
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
Congratulations to our good friends at the Decorative Arts Trust and Thomas Jayne, who were the 2019 recipients of the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts. We enjoyed a memorable and fun evening with the awardees at a celebratory dinner hosted in CAHPT’s Upper East Side Carriage House. Click here to read more about the recipients and the award. View this post on Instagram Celebration 🎉🎉🎉dinner for the board and guests of the @decorativeartstrust, recipient of the Wunsch Award @wunschcollection with @thomasjayne this year! The George F. Baker carriage house, CAHPT headquarters , was magically …more