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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.

2022 Awardees

Christopher Townsend House (1725)
Bridge Street, Newport, RI

Awarded to Andy Segal and Karen Weber; for exterior restoration and elevation of this 18th-century home within the FEMA floodplain. This project, an early Newport example of voluntarily elevating a property vulnerable to sea level rise, was the first to follow guidance set by the Newport Historic District Commissions’ Design Guidelines for Elevating Historic Buildings.

Midcliff (1886)
Ruggles Avenue, Newport, RI

Awarded to Kirby Perkins Construction and Susan and George Petrovas for the exterior restoration of their Queen Anne Victorian-style home – Midcliff – originally designed by Peabody & Stearns. The project included the replacement of the failed modern roofing, flashings, chimney restorations, removal of multiple lead-based paint layers, and replication of original trim and siding details.

Rise to Redemption Walking Tours
Sankofa Community Connection, Newport, RI

Awarded to Niko Merritt for the development of an interactive walking tour that offers a look into the lives of Newport’s community of African heritage in the 18th century. The tour was developed in 2016 in response to the Black community’s lack of representation in Newport’s history. The tour goes beyond the typically discussed topics of enslavement and the European slave trade to humanize African heritage and clear up historical inaccuracies. The tour focuses on two individuals, Duchess and John Quamino, who fought for their freedom and became influential members of Newport society and highlights individuals who fought for the education and freedom of the Black community.

Serpentine Path
Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI

Awarded to The Preservation Society of Newport County for the landscape rehabilitation at The Breakers. The project expanded public access to the grounds and created a 1,500-foot-long path around the property from the Shepard Avenue gate on the north side to the Cliff Walk in the southeast corner. The path is part of a multi-phase plan to restore The Breakers’ 13-acre grounds.

Trevett School (1809)
Third Street, Newport, RI

Awarded to Michael Terra for the exterior restoration and belfry reconstruction. The school was originally built by Eleazer Trevett on Barney Street, before being moved to Cherry Street, and finally to Third Street. The belfry was intact for the moves from Barney and Cherry Streets. However, the foundation had deteriorated significantly, requiring the building to be raised for foundation repairs. Significant care was taken to replicate the original belfry and preserve the original character of the school.

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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