By Richard H. Jenrette
Forty-five years have passed since I acquired the first two classical homes. During this time I have bought and restored a dozen old houses, all in the classical American architectural style that so captivated me. Some were sold or given away, but I retain six of the best. These houses are filled with antique furniture, paintings and other decorative arts, much of it original to the houses. The decorative arts of this period manifested featured elements of classical Greek and Roman forms that had inspired the houses. The Duncan Phyfe, Lannuier and other antique furniture I acquired to go with the houses represents the final flowering of hand-carved furniture in America, before machines replaced these craftsmen in the mid-19th-century.