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 becoming a Restoration Partner today.
The majority of properties that were restored by The Newport Restoration Foundation continue to be owned and maintained as unfurnished rental houses, leased primarily to private individuals. The income from these rentals funds the maintenance of the properties as well as other architectural and historic preservation activity.
NRF houses vary in size, shape, and age. Rents are based on market value, property taxes, and annual maintenance costs of each property. Residential rents currently range between $1,050 – $4,000 per month. Because the funds received by renting preservation properties is considered income, NRF pays property taxes on all of its rental properties.
All tenants must sign NRF’s “Stewardship Statement” and agree to abide by NRF’s “Rules and Regulations”.
NRF’s leases are offered for a minimum term of 12 months (shorter-term leases are not available). Several buildings are commercially zoned and occasionally become available for 3-5 year lease terms.
This rental program is very popular, and because NRF’s tenants tend to be long-term, turnover of properties is infrequent and generally less than ten houses each year. A list of prospective tenants is maintained; however, all applicants are advised that it may be up to one year before a property becomes available for rent.
To be added to NRF’s prospective tenant list, please return the Tenant Application (available for download below) along with the $35.00 application fee.
Upon receipt, your name and contact information will be added to the list. When a house becomes available, you will be contacted with the address, floor plan, and associated costs, such as move-in fee, deposit, and monthly rent.
53 - 55 Thames Street
6 Cross Street
6 Bridge Street
34 Thames Street
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