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.
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416 Thames Street
Built in 1811, the Samuel Whitehorne House is a rare example of a Federal-style mansion. It features an elegant hipped roof, a classically inspired entry portico, and a formal garden. The interior is highlighted by a grand central hallway, hand-carved details, and a significant collection of 18th century American furniture.
Samuel Whitehorne Jr. (1779-1844) made a fortune in Newport through a variety of commercial enterprises, including rum distilling, banking, shipping, and likely slave trading. With the town's economy in shambles after the American Revolution, Whitehorne was one of the Newport's last great merchant princes.
Built on Thames Street and proudly facing the water, Whitehorne's house was to be a symbol of his prosperity. Unfortunately, after two of his ships were lost at sea, he went bankrupt. Sold at auction in 1843, his house was converted to shops and apartments and gradually deteriorated until it was purchased and restored by the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1969.
Photo of the house before restoration.