http://www.classicalamericanhomes.org/ and click "Events" before March 31.
Historic home enthusiast and collector Richard H. Jenrette recently donated Millford Plantation to Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, a non-profit corporation he founded in 1993. Jenrette had restored the mansion and gardens to showcase the collection of Duncan Phyfe furniture that he reassembled and returned to the house. The mansion was built in 1839-41 by John Laurence Manning, the 22 year old son of a South Carolina Governor and later Governor himself, and his wife Susan Frances Hampton, daughter of General Wade Hampton, 1st. The grand house with colossal Corinthian columns was designed by architect Nathaniel Potter, who also designed a similiar mansion Millwood for Susan's brother Colonel Wade Hampton 2nd near Columbia, S.C. Located on 400 acres, Millford will be open to the public on the first Saturday of every month.
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust was founded to preserve, protect and open to the public examples of American residential classical architecture, fine arts and antiques from the first half of the 19th century. Some of Mr Jenrette's other homes have been visited by The Devoted Classicist and will be featured in future posts.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
|Cover of book: Harper Collins Publishers, New York City.|
|Author Cathy Whitlock|
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
|View of rear garden to southeast. Design by Paul Fields.|
|The plan of the rear garden designed by Paul Fields.|
|The homeowner with her granddaughters on the west lawn.|
|The fountain designed by Rick Robertson.|
|The Potager, or Kitchen Garden, by Paul Fields.|
Several other private gardens are also presented, along with some well-known examples such as Hidecote Manor, Wave Hill, Dumbarton Oaks, and Great Dixter, to provide garden design inspiration. In addition, there are segments that highlight various elements such as containers, statuary & garden ornaments, walkways & paths, pools & fountains, and outdoor rooms. My friend Peter Cummin, the extremely talented landscape architect based in Stonington, Connecticut, is responsible for the deisgn pictured below in Tulsa.
|A Tulsa garden by Peter Cummin.|
Saturday, March 19, 2011
The design was based on a line of occasional furniture that I developed starting in 1987 with the finish being a covering of leather or fabric held by nailhead trim. I had a supply of cherry red split leather that I decided to use when I happened to see plush terry cloth towels on sale that exactly matched the color of the heavy suede. The towels were woven in a fretwork design that were particulary attractive as well as a comfortable and practical removable cover for the loose pad. Titled the "Red Bed", it was suitable for either a small dog or a cat. Fabrication was done by my frequent collaborator Hector Alexander, who donated his labor for the worthy cause.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
But no, despite a recent New York Times article titled "It's Curtains", it is not over for Albert Hadley, b. 1921, who closed his design office on November 1st of last year. Fortunately, the upcoming auctions represent a retirement sale rather than an estate sale. At Sotheby's Manhattan on March 30 and 31, and at Stair Galleries, Hudson, NY, on April 1, 2011, there will be an auction of property from his office and warehouse. While many treasures have already found good homes, even second tier furnishings with an Albert Hadley provenance will be worthy of attention. There is anticipation building to see the on-line catalogs as well as the exhibitions themselves.
The sketches shown here are not by Mr Hadley but my own. However, they clearly show his influence in both theory and rendering style. As Albert Hadley is referred to as the Dean of American Decorating, these drawings would fall into the category of "school of . .". For the top sketch, I have used as inspiration an A.H. design for a bathroom window treatment for Mrs. Jock Whitney at Greentree, the Manhasset estate that will be featured in a future post. For my project, the bathroom with a wainscot of slabs of marble was given stencilled decoration on the upper walls, and the window was treated with a half curtain, a roller shade (not shown), and a swagged valance with trailing jabots, adorned with a fringe of tiny silvered bells and wooden silverleafed tassels, and silvered rings held with glass head picture pins. The bottom sketch was for dining room windows at One Sutton Place, an apartment which will also be featured in a future post. Here the sketch shows the proposal for using different fabrics -- one for the valance, another for the panels, and a third for the lining which is visible as a border on the face. Currently there is a trend for more simple window treatments, but there are still circumstances where the curtains can provide just the right finishing touch.
Friday, March 4, 2011
As a fan of the Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, an unfair but fictionalized portrayal of Hearst that is none-the-less an incredible film, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the estate some years ago with architect and film buff Emiliano F. Castro. It is a state park and there are guided tours of the main house and the mini-mansion guest houses.