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.
The landscape at Rough Point is as much a work of art as the paintings and decorative arts inside. As you see them today, Rough Point's 10.8 acres .
Olmsted's design enhanced the site's natural rock outcrops and rolling hills by making the hills higher in some places and adding more boulders. Although aspects of the lawn have evolved over time, Olmsted's masterful, yet subtle, way of evoking the beauty of nature remains evident. As you walk across the lawn today, you will notice how the slope of the lawn imitates the movement of ocean waves.
Doris Duke's beloved Bactrian camels, Princess and Baby, summered on the Rough Point lawn from 1988 to 1993. The infamous pair were tough on the grass and plants, but are remembered fondly through topiary sculptures, featuring drought-tolerant sedum, that were added in 2008 and are now an iconic feature of the property.