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.
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Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) seeks proposals from museum collections professionals (e.g., conservation professionals, registrars, collections managers, collections curators) with experience in planning and providing for the protection of museum collections during major construction and/or repair projects. NRF is undertaking a multi-phase exterior restoration project at Rough Point, the summer home of heiress, philanthropist, and preservationist Doris Duke. The first phase will include a roof replacement and masonry repointing. This phase should take at least eight months to complete, beginning in the spring of 2021 and extending into the late fall of 2021 or perhaps even into 2022.
Although it is NRF’s goal to keep the collection in place and the house open for visitation throughout repair work and construction – Rough Point is open for visitation each year from late March through early January – it is paramount that the collection be safeguarded throughout the process. The chosen consultant will assist us with evaluating the potential threats to the collection from this contemplated work, monitoring conditions to ensure that the collection remains protected and secure as the work is ongoing, and recommend procedures and courses of action as necessary for the benefit of the collection, which may include covering objects, relocation of objects, and/or the temporary closure of the museum.
The contractor will serve as a strategic collections advisor who will work in close consultation with the museum’s Senior Curator as well as with other members of the project team and advise on best practices and strategies to minimize or eliminate threats to the collection. Work will include:
NRF seeks professionals in the collections management and conservation fields with five or more years of experience in collections care and specific experience in collections care during construction projects.
Applications to include:
Interviewing will begin immediately. Position will remain open until filled.
Questions regarding the position and all applications should be directed to Mark Thompson, NRF’s Executive Director, at email@example.com.
January 19, 2021
As we get ready to welcome visitors to a new season at Rough Point, we looked back to how former residents used to prepare for Doris Duke’s arrival at Rough Point for the season. We spoke with Linda Knierim, whose parents were caretakers of Rough Point in 1961.
The Newport Restoration Foundation is seeking a seasonal, part-time Grounds and Gardens Assistant.
The Newport Restoration Foundation is seeking an experienced Painter. The primary responsibility of this position is to paint and prepare surfaces for painting on NRF properties. Painters are also required to assist other work crews as necessary and directed by their supervisor.
Guides are integral members of the Education and Public Programs team at NRF. They are champion storytellers who interpret for audiences of all ages and backgrounds the history and collections at our three museum properties: Rough Point, Whitehorne House Museum, and Prescott Farm.