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Preservation

Founded in 1968 to preserve and restore colonial era houses, the NRF has continued this tradition while expanding its preservation activities. Below is a menu of preservation initiatives and resources.

Historic Houses »

Antique banister

To see the results of the NRF’s 40 years of experience in “bricks and mortar,” hands-on preservation and restoration, one need only walk the streets of Newport’s historic neighborhoods. Learn more about each of our 73 preservation properties, including fascinating before-and-after images.

Preservation Resources »

Man working on preserving a historic house

The NRF offers an array of preservation resources. Check back as we will continue to update this list.

Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards

Doris Duke Preservation Award

Learn more about how the NRF is recognizing preservation excellence in Newport.

Preservation Projects

The NRF offers an array of historic preservation resources, including an Historic Homeowners' Toolkit, How To Research Your House guides, and expert articles on topics ranging from historic paint colors to debunking myths. Check back as we will continue to update this list.

The Dayton-James House Restoration

This is the latest project in a long tradition of saving and restoring significant Aquidneck Island architecture. Learn more about this fascinating house and its history.

Dendrochronology

This is the science of dating houses by analyzing tree rings with specialized equipment. The NRF is working with the Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory to develop a "master chronology" for Rhode Island. This allows us not only to date Newport landmarks more accurately, but also to provide more clues to early building and trade practices. Homeowners can now take advantage of the chronology and test their own homes to obtain a definitive date.

Archeology

In the summers of 2007 and 2008, Salve Regina University Archeology Field School students, with archeology expert Professor James Garman, conducted digs at NRF properties.

The Almy-Cory House Restoration

View slideshows of the dismantlement and restoration of this the circa 1801 building and learn more about the building’s history.