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Established by Richard Hampton Jenrette in 1993, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust maintains four early-nineteenth-century sites and their remarkable collections of historic fine and decorative arts. The Trust is devoted to advancing American architecture, decorative arts, landscapes, and historic preservation. To enact this mission, we use cutting-edge research, collaborate with academic partners, and develop digital resources to educate emerging professionals, craftspeople, students, and lifelong learners.
Houses are at the center of our organization. Mr. Jenrette’s affection for his houses is evident in his writings, his care in furnishing and decorating them, and his decision to endow them in perpetuity. They are beautiful objects deserving of sustained study and admiration.
Our buildings deserve the highest standard of care. Our preservation efforts include extensive research with a commitment to engaging the finest professionals and tradespeople, and a determination to leave our buildings in the best possible condition for the next generation.
Care for our sites extends to their settings. Our living landscapes provide both the backdrop for our buildings as well as important information about their histories. Their care begins with research into historic documents, maps, and the archaeological remains on all properties.
Our collection speaks to Mr. Jenrette's abiding passion to collect antiques and fine art. His efforts to acquire original objects that belonged in the houses provides a rare opportunity to study a collection in the very context for which it was commissioned and used.
Each site and object in CAHPT's portfolio is an invaluable teaching vehicle for American history. Through preservation advocacy, academic partnerships, digital education, and public programs, CAHPT purposefully shares our work in “doing history” to educate the public and the next generation of preservation professionals and craftspeople.
By: Gabriel Cristofari, 2021 Almuni of the Clemson-College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation “The significance of the photo album is creating a database…
Author: Jeff Klee, Ph.D., CAHPT Vice President & Senior Director of Architecture The serious study of architecture is at the heart of the Classical American…