NRF promotes and invests in the architectural heritage of the Newport community, the traditional building trades, and Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collections, for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all.
As a leader in the preservation of early American architecture, NRF supports research and education in areas directly related to its collections and issues of critical concern to the field of historic preservation.
Tour Doris Duke’s art-filled mansion and enjoy panoramic ocean views from the extensive grounds, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Open April to November.
Experience the only museum in the world specializing in 18th-century Newport furniture and related decorative arts.
Explore 40 acres of open space, a tribute to the agrarian heritage of Aquidneck Island. The site is open daily from dawn to dusk for public enjoyment.
Newport Restoration Foundation holds one of the largest collections of period architecture owned by a single organization anywhere in the United States.
Celebrate excellence in historic preservation efforts within the City of Newport, Rhode Island.
Live amidst history by renting one of our many historic properties.
Help us to continue a lived-in legacy by making a contribution to our Annual Fund today.
At the Newport Restoration Foundation, we often get questions about the paint colors on our preservation properties. The articles and resources below will answer most of your questions. You are also free to explore our Preservation Properties page – each property includes annotations on house and door colors.
Paint in America: The Colors of Historic Buildings, by Roger W. Moss. 1995.
Two articles by Robert Foley, Former Director of Preservation, Newport Restoration Foundation:
Paint the House
Paint in 18th-century Newport
Historic Media’s Old House Colors
California Paints Color Guide
California Paints – Painting Basics
Want to learn more about Historic Home Maintenance? Check out NRF's recommendations for expert resources in common mistakes, National Preservation Organizations, vinyl, windows, books and more!
Check out this helpful, annotated list of our favorite books, articles and web links related to Historic Preservation and Architecture.
A helpful review of building styles between 1620 and 1840.
Every house has a story to tell, and uncovering that story is like a treasure hunt. Take the time to sift through the records and the history of your property will slowly unfold. You will come to learn more about the history of the structure, its residents, and its role in a larger neighborhood story.