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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 the City of Newport by recognizing exemplary preservation projects and educational activities and acknowledging individuals who have made significant, life-time contributions to the preservation of the built environment.

2017 Awardees

Mailands & Westcliff Carriage House (1875)
37 Ledge Road, Newport, RI

Owned by Dr. Holly Bannister and Mr. Douglas Newhouse; recognized for rehabilitating an 1875 carriage house by preserving and restoring much of its original historic character after years of incompatible alterations. By late 2012, the building, previously a dependency of both the Mailands and Westcliff estates, was not only aesthetically altered, but was structurally imperiled by poorly executed past repairs. Recognizing the historical significance of the carriage house, and the imminent danger it was in, the new owners committed to ensuring its preservation while also giving it a new life.

Newport Historical Society's Resource Center (1730; 1902; 1915)
82 Touro Street, Newport, RI

Owned by the Newport Historical Society; recognized for successfully integrating the old with the new. The property encompasses three separate historic buildings that reflect the development of the NHS since its founding. With a professional commitment to adaptive reuse of these historic buildings, the NHS brought new life to each of these existing buildings. Despite many challenges, NHS was able to maintain the architectural identity of the complex while accommodating a robust 21st-century program of staff and visitor activities.

Sachuest Point Landscape Restoration
Sachuest Point Road, Middletown, RI

Completed by the Scenic Aquidneck Coalition, a joint effort of the Aquidneck Land Trust, the Preservation Society of Newport County, Preserve Rhode Island, the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, National Grid, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; recognized for addressing coastal resiliency and demonstrating the power of collaboration. This project removed a two-mile stretch of unsightly utility poles along Sachuest Point, after the road and dunes were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The project not only strengthened the infrastructure of the landscape, increasing its resiliency to coastal storms in the future, but returned this area to its original historic and scenic appearance.

A special recognition will be conferred on Mr. Pieter N. Roos for his dedication to historic preservation in Newport.

2018 Event Info

The 2018 nomination period is now open!

Please download a 2018 DDPA Nomination Form to learn about the nomination process and how to submit your application. To be added to our nomination outreach list, please email Meaghan Barry.

Celebration Committee

Norey Cullen
Stefani Hulitar
Angela Kumble
David Thalmann

Committee Chairs

Victoria Mele
Christine MacDonald
Tracy Bach-Sorensen

Honorary Chairs

Mrs. Robert H. Charles
Mrs. Edwin G. Fischer
Ms. Lisette Prince

Since its inception 11 years ago, the Doris Duke Preservation Awards have raised over $400,000 to support historic preservation. Doris Duke’s radical vision, on the founding of NRF in 1968, was to rescue and restore Newport’s oldest houses. The awards, which provide crucial support to NRF’s continued efforts in advancing historic preservation activities, is named in her honor.

Please join us for this important event!

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The funds raised from the Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards will support the work of the Newport Restoration Foundation’s preservation efforts. Please help us continue our mission by considering becoming a sponsor today!

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The 12th Annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards

Friday, September 7, 2018
6:00 – 8:30pm

Rough Point
680 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI, 02840

Join us on the lawn, and in the formal gardens of Doris Duke’s Newport home, for the 12th Annual Doris Duke Preservation Awards. Hors d’oeuvres & small plates presented by Blackstone Catering.

Cocktail Attire
Complimentary valet parking provided onsite

Held in conjunction with the City of Newport

$175 per person


By phone:

By Mail:
Doris Duke Preservation Awards Tickets
Newport Restoration Foundation
51 Touro Street
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

2017 Sponsors

Edith McBean

Lisette Prince

James and Alice Ross

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Mencoff

The Bob and Wini Galkin Fund
Marion Oates Charles
G. Stanton Geary
Tom and Lisa Goddard
Stefani Hulitar
Roger and Gayle Mandle

Juliette Clagett McLennan
John D. Harris and Linda Sawyer
Slocum Gordon & Co. LLP
Hope H. van Beuren

Lynne and Armin Allen
Bowen’s Wharf Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. Burnham
Citrin Cooperman
D.F. Dwyer Insurance Agency
Donald and Maia Farish
Edwin G. Fischer
David and Linda Gordon
Home & Commercial Security

Joseph and Gloria McCarthy
Joseph and Victoria Mele
Sue and George Petrovas
John and Linda Purdy
Sandra Liotus Lighting Design LLC
Warner Realty Group, LLC
Gustave White,Sotheby’s International Realty

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