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
Celebrating Richard Hampton Jenrette’s Life and Legacy Dick Jenrette was a remarkable human being and a giant in the field of historic preservation. His family here at Classical American Homes as well as his countless friends and admirers continue to mourn his passing. Just weeks before his death, Dick was busy charting the future of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, the organization he established exactly a quarter-century ago. Dick’s wisdom and experience allowed him to set clear priorities for the Trust, which continue to be our lodestars, guiding us forward into the future. Much like his own personal style, Dick’s …more
It was such a pleasure to collaborate with the ICAA on our recent exhibition at the George F. Baker House, featuring the work of young artists and designers working in the classical tradition. The exhibition showcased a talented group, whose furniture, plaster casts, drawings, and busts fit seamlessly amongst the home’s existing decor. Click here to read Architectural Digest‘s take on the exhibition.
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