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.
Visit Doris Duke’s art-filled mansion and enjoy panoramic ocean views from the extensive grounds. Open late March to November.
The Vernon House is a site for expansive story-telling, contemporary dialogue, and preservation trades skill-building.
Opening July 1, 2023: NRF and Art&Newport are excited to present a group artists exhibition on cards and card playing: Games, Gamblers & Cartomancers: The New Cardsharps
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.
Welcome to the Newport Restoration Foundation.
Doris Duke had a strong impulse for preservation. Although Doris had houses in other parts of the country, Newport remained a special place for her. She established the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1968 in order to preserve the city’s early architectural and cultural heritage. Today, the NRF continues Doris’s legacy through the commitment to the preservation of places and through sharing the many stories connected to these places.
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 supports conferences and programs each year throughout the country.