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Welcome to the Newport Restoration Foundation. Founded in 1968 by Doris Duke, NRF is a multifaceted organization with programs in the areas of preservation, museums, and climate change.

NRF owns what is likely the largest collection of Colonial-era houses in the country. We have rescued and rehabilitated more than 80 historic buildings and continue to own and maintain 78 properties, most of which we rent as residences to the citizens of Newport.

We share Doris Duke’s glorious Bellevue Avenue estate, Rough Point – and its collection of more than 1,000 fine and decorative art objects – with visitors from around the world. Prescott Farm, a 40-acre site in nearby Middletown, features 18th- and early 19th-century buildings, walking trails, and gardens.

Through our Keeping History Above Water™ initiative, we are leading the charge to address the threat of sea level rise to historic structures worldwide. In 2016, we organized and hosted a national conference – one of the first of its kind – on the risks posed to the built environment by sea level rise. NRF supported a second conference in Annapolis in 2017 and will continue to be part of the conversation moving forward.

This website includes information about our many programs, exhibitions, and educational opportunities. We hope that your virtual tour will inspire you to visit us in person. Newport is indeed one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Mark Thompson
Executive Director

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