Americana Week
George F. Baker Houses
New York, NY

Classical American Homes was pleased to welcome friends visiting for the Winter Antiques Show at the George F. Baker house on Tuesday, January 17. This annual gathering is hosted along with Colonial Williamsburg, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Winterthur, and we were pleased to see so many friendly faces join us this year! Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails in the private residence of Richard H. Jenrette, which he graciously opened for the evening. 

Top: Friends gather to kick-off Americana Week at Dick Jenrette's residence. 
Bottom: (L to R)  Susan Stein, Richard Gilder Senior Curator and Vice President for Museum Programs at Monticello, and Mitchell Reiss, CEO and President of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Elizabeth Reiss.

Emerging Scholars
George F. Baker Houses,  NYC

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, in conjunction with the Decorative Arts Trust, was pleased to offer an inaugural Colloquium for students and young professionals in the decorative arts field on Sunday, January 22. 

(L to R) Daniel Ackermann, Courtney Harris, Sarah Mills, Emelie Gevalt, and Joseph Litts.

Winter at Ayr Mount

The changing of the calendar brings a change of focus, with efforts shifted away from sharing   Ayr   Mount's architecture and decorative arts with guests, to preserving and maintaining the house and collection for future visitors. Winter is the ideal time for staff to complete necessary restoration projects.When the restoration is complete, the work should go undetected, allowing guests to experience the rooms free of distraction.

Top: Winter at Ayr Mount: A scenic Winter's scene at Ayr Mount. Bottom: plaster restoration of the ceiling in one of the bedrooms at Ayr Mount.

Yuletide at Millford, Ayr  Mount and
Roper House

In light of Millford's 175th Anniversary
last year, we ended 2016   with some festive decorations to highlight the season as well as to celebrate this milestone in Millford's  history.   We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the ladies of   The Azalea Garden Club of Manning, SC,   for their generous offer of time and sense of beauty to decorate the halls and rooms at Millford.   Over 200 people visited Yuletide at for   refreshments of apple   cider, cookies, and live music. Also, Ayr Mount and Roper House celebrated the Yuletide season with their own decorations to highlight the unique character and location of each individual house.

Top: The front gates at Millford in Pinewood, SC. Bottom:  the Roper House, windows facing the Battery,  in Charleston, SC.

Art Acquisitions  

This fall Classical American Homes Preservation Trust was very fortunate to receive as   unrestricted gifts from   Mr. and Mrs. Stuart   Feld a   handsome group of lighting devices in the classical style, including a gilded, a three-arm candle sconce with eagle, an English double candle lamp by Charles Miller & Sons, circa 1831-1835, and a pair of   superb   cut glass double argand lamps by   the London firm of   Johnston, Brookes  Company, circa 1815 (see left).  All of these  objects,   show   below, are superb
additions   to the collection and   will   prove to   be both handsome and useful   when displayed at some of our various sites .

Last year, Richard H. Jenrette gave to Classical American Homes the handsome neo-Palladian Gate House at Edgewater, designed by Michael Dwyer and built in 1997-98. This year he complemented that wonderful gift by donating the entire contents, which includes a beautiful collection of some thirty-six decorative arts, works on paper and garden statuary. Among these gifts are thirteen hand-colored aquatints from the Hudson River Portfolio, including No. 20, the famous view of New York from Governors Island (shown here).

Top: A pair of cut glass double argand lamps by Johnston, Brookes Company, circa 1815. Bottom:  Hudson River Portfolio , No. 20, view of  New York from Governors Island , colored aquatint, 1824.

Upcoming - Spring Patrons Party  
Save the Date!

Thursday, May 18
 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
at 67 East 93rd Street, NYC
Tickets $100 per person. Donors who have given $1000 and up (1/1/16 to present), please come as our guest and use code "Spring 2017" at check-out.

Announcing - Classica Americana

Classica Americana  is a new on-line collection of essays that explore
aspects of the fine and decorative arts, architectural and social history,
issues of conservation and preservation, and the classical tradition in the arts
from the founding of the American nation to the present.

from the field

This year's recipient of the Albert Simons Medal of Excellence was awarded to Peter Pennoyer of New York on March 16th.  Mr. Pennoyer is a "passionate and dedicated advocate for the relevance of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary practice." He is the co-author of the award-winning book The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich, among other titles, and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Urban Design and Architecture Studies at New York University. Dick Jenrette was honored to receive this award in 2014.

Friends and Visitors

We welcomed many friends and new visitors to our houses this Winter, largely to the Roper House in Charleston and the George F. Baker Houses in New York City. The Georgia Museum of Art came on a tour of the Roper House in early January. In mid-month, The Charleston Library Society hosted a cocktail reception for Lord and Lady Fellowes of West Stafford (needless to say, the creator, writer and producer of the Downton Abbey series).

January was also a busy month at the George F. Baker House, with a tour given to clients of Lee Sofa and Brunschwig & Fils, the annual cocktail party co-hosted by CAHPT, Colonial Williamsburg, MESDA, and Winterthur to celebrate Americana Week; and a visit by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Top: Lord Julian Fellowes, Anne Cleveland Charleston Library Society Executive Director, and Dick Jenrette. Bottom: Friends gathered at the Roper House in support of the Charleston Library Society. (Photos by Leigh Webber)

Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation
69 East 93rd Street, New York, NY 10128 *  (212) 369-4460

Our mission is to preserve, protect and open to the public examples of classical American residential architecture, surrounding landscapes and scenic trails, as well as fine and decorative arts of the first half of the 19th century.

  Thank you to all our friends and supporters!