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A joint program of the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport, the annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards encourage excellence in historic preservation efforts within Newport and across Aquidneck Island by recognizing exemplary preservation projects and educational activities, and acknowledging individuals who have made significant contributions to the preservation of the built environment.

2021 Awardees

Henrietta Lieber House (1882)
Rhode Island Avenue, Newport, RI

Awarded to Mr. Hendrik and Mrs. Siobhan Kits van Heyningen for their exterior restoration of the late-19th century Shingle Style/Queen Anne house in the Kay-Catherine-Old Beach National Register Historic District. The 1882 house was originally designed by Newport architect, Dudley Newton. The home had been in the Kits van Heyningen family since the mid-1960s, but had fallen into disrepair for years after being abandoned following the passing of Hendrik’s grandparents. The Kits van Heyningens took on the home, and researched and reproduced the character-defining details that have now restored the house to a presentation closely matching its original. Highlights of the project included restoring the second-floor balcony on the front elevation (extended in the 1970s) back to its original size, matching custom mahogany trim to replace rotted and damaged pieces, and recreating missing balusters, railings, and corbels on the porch to match their original design. Single pane, historic-replica sashes for four windows were also fabricated to recreate the original 30-over-1 style. After extensive work and care, this restoration contributes to the preservation of the Kay-Catherine-Old Beach historic district and its late-19th century architecture for many more generations to enjoy.

St. John's Masonry Preservation (1894)
Poplar Street, Newport, RI

Awarded to Father Nathan Humphrey; recognized for the preservation of a historic church located in the Point Neighborhood. The structure was originally built in 1894, when Sarah Titus Zabriskie heard of a young church founded by Peter Quire, an African American, named St. John’s that was in financial straits. Zabriskie donated $100,000 toward the building of the Zabriskie Memorial Church for St. John’s in memory of her late mother, Sarah Jane Zabriskie. The interior wall surfaces at St. John's Church were damaged from decades of water intrusion. In 2019, the root causes of the deterioration, leaking roofs and gutters, were addressed with a roof repair utilizing both historic and new roof tiles, snow guards, gutters, and flashing. However, the next area of concern was the masonry walls, which were deteriorating, especially at the mortar joints. A repointing process removed and replaced deteriorated mortar, restoring the visual and physical integrity of the masonry. From the color and texture of mortar to the tools used in the repair, the masonry work is both physically and visually appropriate. Through their steadfast commitment to honoring the history of the building, St. John's continues to carry on the legacies of Peter Quire and Sarah Titus Zabriskie's to this day.

Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors

James and Alice Ross

Mr. & Mrs. Mortimer Berkowitz III

EJMP Fund for Philanthropy

Edith McBean

Dr. Holly Bannister and
Mr. Douglas Newhouse

DBVW Architects


Lisa Whisler Garavanta

Mr. John D. Harris II &
Ms. Linda Sawyer

Bowen’s Wharf Company

D.F. Dwyer Insurance Agency

Kim and Glenn Darden

Gustave White Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

Ms. Stefani Hulitar

Christine MacDonald


Victoria Leiter Mele

Peter and Susan Metzger

Newport Lamp and Shade Co., Inc.

Sandra Liotus Lighting Design, LLC

Betsy and Wally Turner, in honor of Victoria Mele

Lynne and Armin Allen

M. Therese Antone

B.R. Arnold Construction Co., Inc.


Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP

Lilly Dick

Fairfax and Sammons Architects Inc.

Farrar Associates, Inc.

Lloyd and Hope Griscom

Ivy Wealth Management

Joseph Gnazzo Company

John Peixinho

Salve Regina University

Diana Pearson Scheetz in memory of Nicholas B. Scheetz

Major General & Mrs.
Stephen R. Seiter

Cynthia Sinclair

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