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.
Doris Duke's Bedroom stands apart from the other living spaces at Rough Point largely because the furnishings were all chosen by Doris and are all quite distinct from the kinds of art, objects, and furniture that you see in the rest of the house. This was a private sanctuary, and Doris filled it with mother-of-pearl furniture (a favorite material from the time she began to furnish her Hawaiian home, Shangri La, in the 1930s with mother-of-pearl inlaid furniture from Syria), treasures gathered from travels and local antique stores, and a favorite Impressionist painting – all quite counter to the later Gilded Age tastes of her parents.
She painted the walls her favorite yellow and introduced a striking contrast in purple upholstery and curtain fabrics. Through the bathroom door you can see a cut-glass table that adds to the feeling of quirky opulence.
Jeune fille blonde cousant (Young blonde girl sewing)
Desk and bookcase