Thomas Hayes is owner/co-director of Classical Excursions. He has organized, escorted and guided architectural tours in the USA and Europe for more than 30 years, working with such organizations as Classical America, for which he was a founding board member; The Victorian Society, Metropolitan (NYC) Chapter; Museum of the City of New York and other museums.
He served as President of Edith Wharton Restoration at The Mount in Lenox, MA and was director of public relations and / or development for such organizations as The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Peabody Institute, Springfield (MA) Library and Museum Association and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.
He has lectured extensively, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Radcliffe College, Les Vieilles Maisons Francaises (New York Chapter), Cleveland (OH) Botanical Garden and Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires.
He has a degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Cincinnati and did graduate work in history at both Columbia College and New York University.
Lani Summerville is owner and director of Classical Excursions. She and Thomas Hayes have organized such architectural tours as “Eighteenth Century Sweden: The Golden Age of Gustavian Style”, “The Architectural Treasures of Classical Atlanta”, “William Lawrence Bottomly’s Richmond”, “The World of Nancy Lancaster and John Fowler”, “ John F. Staub’s Houston”, “Country Houses of Sir Edwin Lutyens”, “David Adler’s Classical Chicago”, “Palladio in Venice and the Veneto”, “A Grand Tour of Sicily”, “Berlin and Potsdam: From Rococo to Karl Friedrich Schinkel” and “Classical Italian Villas and Gardens: Following in the Footsteps of Edith Wharton.” Their tours have been featured in such publications as Travel & Leisure and Town & Country.
Ms. Summerville has organized, escorted and guided specialty architectural tours for 15 years, working with Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation, The National Trust for Scotland, Olana Foundation and The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. She has also worked within the preservation field as both a museum educator, and an archaeologist for such organizations as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Berkshire County Historical Society, and various other historic house museums. She has a M.A. in Classical Archeology and Art History from the University of Lund Sweden.
She collaborated with Dr. Johan Cederlund in 2006, on the book Classical Swedish Architecture & Interiors 1650-1840 and also founded the company Real Gustavian which specialized in 18th century Swedish furniture and decorative arts.