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
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