Adventures with Old Houses

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Gibbs Smith, 2005 - Architecture - 223 pages
This is the story of one man's adventures in acquiring and bringing back to life some of America's most enticing and historically significant dwellings. With the eye of a connoisseur, the business acumen derived from a legendary career in international finance, and a Jeffersonian grasp of classical architecture, Richard Hampton Jenrette reveals his charming, often risky, ventures in the world of old houses. Jenrette's affinity for endangered historic sites has led to the restoration of six historic houses that he currently owns, including Edgewater on the Hudson River; Milford Plantation and Roper House, both in South Carolina; Ayr Mount in North Carolina; the Baker House in New York City; and Cane Garden in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as many others that he has had a hand in restoring throughout the United States.This uniquely personal account of the quest, the acquisition, the restoration, and the furnishing of each property is instructive and entertaining. Along the way, he introduces the artisans, curators, furniture specialists, designers, antiquarians, preservationists, and collectors who have played a part in his Adventures with Old Houses. This book serves as a beautiful reminder of the foresight, the vision, and the dedication of one of the country's most ardent collectors and a challenge to all who care about America's architectural and artistic heritage.
 

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Contents

Cor Hooked on Old Houses 1 1
21
Days of Empirk The Lath 1 960s 27
43
The Reti hn to Prosperity And More Old Holses 4f
61
Edcewater
81
Ayr Mount
109
The George F Baker House Part I
149
The Georce F Baker House Pari II
163
My Taj Mahal
179
Home Away krom Home
211
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Richard Hampton Jenrette was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 5, 1929. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina. He worked as an insurance salesman for two years. He received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University Business School. He worked for two years as a portfolio manager at the Wall Street firm Brown Brothers Harriman. In 1960, he, William H. Donaldson, and Dan Lufkin founded the Wall Street firm Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. In 1985, Jenrette sold the firm to Equitable Life. He also preserved historic homes and founded the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. His books included Jenrette: The Contrarian Manager and Adventures with Old Houses. He died from complications of lymphoma on April 22, 2018 at the age of 89.

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