UPDATE (12/12/2018 6 PM) – Ayr Mount will reopen on Thursday, December 13 for regularly scheduled tours. Please note the last tour of the season is on Saturday, December 15. Ayr Mount House and Grounds are closed until further notice due to complications from this weekend’s snow storm. We hope to reopen by Thursday for our final week of tours this season. Please call (919) 732 – 6886 for more information and check back here for updates. We appreciate your understanding.
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
Featured in the Fall 2018 Newsletter: Meet Dr. Joseph M. “Buddy” Jenrette, Dick’s nephew and the new chairman of CAHPT, and read his interview in The Magazine ANTIQUES. Announcing the release of our 2017 Annual Report, focused on the history of the Roper House and featuring a tribute to Dick Jenrette. Save The Dates for upcoming events at Edgewater, Ayr Mount, and the George F. Baker House — including lectures, tours, and our first ever joint-exhibition with the ICAA. To receive this e-newsletter and sign up for our mailing list, please send your e-mail address to Julie Smith with the …more
“After Dick Jenrette’s death, a preservation trust strives to keep a dream alive” Robert Behre of The Post and Courier recently spoke with CAHPT Chairman Buddy Jenrette and Board Director Charles Duell about the future of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. He writes, quoting Buddy: “There are a lot of things still being settled,” Jenrette said, including the transfer of the Roper house and a few others from his uncle’s estate to the nonprofit trust. “But first of all, the party goes on. A lot of it is just continuing as is.” But looking ahead, the trust will juggle the …more
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.
Dick Jenrette’s “What I Learned (How to Succeed) (and Have a Long and Happy Life)” Just days after Dick’s death, a hand-written list titled, “What I Learned (How to Succeed) (And Have a Long and Happy Life)”, was discovered on his desk in his New York City townhouse. It contains timeless advice, such as “4. Try to be nice and say ‘thank you’ a lot!” and “19. Don’t criticize someone in front of others.” The list was distributed at a private memorial gathering in Charleston and within hours was discovered by Bloomberg News, who published the list in an article …more
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Richard Hampton Jenrette, age 89. Dick died peacefully at Roper House in Charleston, SC on April 22, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. He was a gracious man whose many achievements included a successful Wall Street career (The New York Times referred to him as “the last gentleman on Wall Street”), recognition as a leading preservationist, and the founding of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. This year and next we celebrate Dick’s 50 years of preservation with his purchase of Roper House in 1968 and Edgewater in 1969. We will miss …more
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation is proud to recognize Dick Jenrette’s singular achievement of 50 years of preservation in 2018. With his 1968 purchase of the 1838 Robert W. Roper House on Charleston’s High Battery, Dick Jenrette embarked on a life-long adventure that would establish him as one of the leading preservationists in the country. Over the past 50 years, he has acquired and cared for: • more than a dozen historic houses • over 1,500 acres of protected land • up to 4,000 works of art and period furniture • and received over …more