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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.

2020 Event Info

Since its inception 14 years ago, the Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards have raised close to $600,000 to support preservation in and around Newport.

We invite you to join us for this signature celebration, recognizing members of our community who have made significant contributions to the preservation and character of Aquidneck Island. This year’s event will be virtual and we will provide more details soon.

Though we will miss seeing you in person at Rough Point for the event, we hope you will continue to support this important annual fundraiser for NRF. Sponsorship opportunities are now available.

Doris Duke’s 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 efforts in advancing historic preservation activities, are named in her honor.

The 14th Annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards

Friday, September 11, 2020  6:00 p.m.

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The virtual award ceremony is now available for viewing!

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Click here to read the 2020 Awards Program Book.

Funds raised from the Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards will support important NRF preservation initiatives and activities such as advancing our work in studying climate change resilience in Newport, creating engaging community programs and events, and preserving and stewarding our historic museums and centuries-old properties.

2020 Sponsorship Opportunities:

All Sponsorship categories include admission to the virtual event. Viewing instructions will be forwarded at a later date.

Presenting Sponsor: $20,000

  • Recognition as Presenting Sponsor at the beginning of the virtual event, in the roll credits and on the virtual platform
  • Opportunity to have sunset cocktails at Rough Point’s Solarium terrace for up to six people
  • Opportunity to have lunch and a private tour of the William Vernon House with NRF’s Executive Director for up to six people
  • Twelve admission passes to tour Rough Point or Whitehorne House Museum
  • Two tickets to the December holiday jazz program at Rough Point
  • NRF Swag Bag
  • Recognition in all Awards-related press releases and social media posts, sponsor logo/name on NRF website and in event program

Platinum Sponsor: $10,000

  • Recognition as a Platinum Sponsor at the beginning of the virtual event, in the roll credits and on the virtual platform
  • Opportunity to have a private, curated Closet Tour, including the storage spaces, at Rough Point for
    up to six people
  • Six admission passes to tour Rough Point or Whitehorne House Museum
  • Two tickets to the December holiday jazz program at Rough Point
  • NRF Swag Bag
  • Recognition in all Awards-related press releases and social media posts, sponsor logo/name on NRF website and in event program

Gold Sponsor: $5,000

  • Private tour of the Rough Point grounds and gardens with the Estate Gardener for up to six people
  • Four admission passes to tour Rough Point or Whitehorne House Museum
  • Two tickets to the December holiday jazz program at Rough Point
  • NRF Swag Bag
  • Recognition of sponsor name/company logo in roll credits at the conclusion of the event and on the virtual platform
  • Recognition in all Awards-related press releases and social media posts, sponsor logo/name on NRF website and in event program

Silver Sponsor: $2,500

  • Private, curated tour for four people at Rough Point
  • Four admission passes to tour Rough Point or Whitehorne House Museum
  • Two tickets to the December holiday jazz program at Rough Point
  • NRF Swag Bag
  • Recognition of sponsor name/company logo in roll credits at the conclusion of the event and on the virtual platform
  • Recognition in all Awards-related press releases and social media posts, on NRF website, and in event program

Bronze Sponsor: $1,000

  • Four admission passes to tour Rough Point or Whitehorne House Museum
  • Two tickets to the December holiday jazz program at Rough Point
  • Recognition of sponsor name/company logo in roll credits at the conclusion of the event and on the virtual platform
  • Recognition in all Awards-related press releases and social media posts, on NRF website, and in event program

Patron Sponsor: $500

  • Four admission passes to tour Rough Point or Whitehorne House Museum
  • Recognition of sponsor name/company logo in roll credits at the conclusion of the event and on the virtual platform
  • Recognition in all Awards-related press releases and social media posts, on NRF website and in event program

WATCH

The virtual award ceremony is now available for viewing!

WATCH NOW

2020 Program Book

Click here to read the 2020 Awards Program Book.

Donate to the Awards

DONATE TODAY

 

Download a printable version of the Sponsor Form

Sponsorship Opportunities_2020

 

Please direct any inquiries to Alicia Cipriano at 401.849.7300 x117.

 

The 2020 nomination period is now open!

A joint program of the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport, the annual Doris Duke Preservation Awards encourages excellence in historic preservation within the community by recognizing exemplary historic preservation building and landscape projects and historic preservation activities.

This year’s deadline for nominations is May 26, 2020.

 

Please download a 2020 DDPA Nomination Form, which provides information about the nomination process and instructions and requirements for submitting your application.

To be added to our nomination outreach list, please email Meaghan Barry Fernandes.

For questions and form submissions, please email Alyssa Lozupone.

2020 Awardees

BankNewport (1930)
10 Washington Square, Newport, RI

Awarded to BankNewport; recognized for the rehabilitation of a 90-year-old bank in Newport’s Washington Square. The structure was built between 1929 and 1930 and was designed with the intent to blend in seamlessly with its neighbors and the character of the square. When the building was recently evaluated for a new HVAC system, it was decided that the entire space should be rehabilitated. BankNewport determined that maintaining the branch’s historical integrity while balancing modern amenities was of the utmost importance. Highlights of the rehabilitation included mechanical and electrical updates, HVAC system replacement, exterior masonry restoration, and recreations of some of the building’s original artistry by local artisans such as hand-painted gold-leaf lettering on the exterior, ornate interior ceiling details, and the lobby’s decorative plaster. They also made several technical updates to enhance the banking and ATM experience. Ultimately, the building was carefully rehabilitated and restored in order to continue serving the exact purpose it was built for decades ago - as a community bank.

Edgar House “Sunnyside” (1885)
Old Beach Road, Newport, RI

Awarded to Susan and Peter Metzger; recognized for rehabilitating and restoring an early example of brick colonial revival architecture. The house was built by the renowned architectural firm of McKim, Mead, & White between the years 1884 and 1886. In 2018, the house was purchased by Susan and Peter Metzger as a two-family home in need of preservation. Exterior restorations included repairing 20 wood columns, masonry, steps, and walkways. The 13 third floor dormers were all repaired and the roof was replaced. Inside, systems were upgraded, bathrooms were renovated, and a large-scale ceiling mural was also restored. In addition, the house was painted and the wood was refinished. After extensive work, Sunnyside is once again a stately one-family home.

International Tennis Hall of Fame: Frieze Restoration (1879-81)
Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI

Awarded to the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHOF); recognized for the restoration of a lost portion of historic fabric unique to the Newport Casino located on Bellevue Avenue. ITHOF is dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of the Newport Casino, which is where the museum resides. During the 20th century, the Newport Casino’s decorative “frieze,” or a horizontal board of sculpted or painted decoration, was replaced. Fortunately, many of the original frieze medallions were salvaged and stored at the museum. Due to their significant level of deterioration, the original medallions were not able to be reinstalled. Instead, 38 new circular and semicircular ornate medallions were hand carved to match the original size, motif, and carving techniques using historic photos and
drawings. This project not only restored the historic frieze, it restored a portion of Newport’s past for all who pass through Newport’s downtown.

Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors

Mr. & Mrs. Mortimer Berkowitz III

Edith McBean

James and Alice Ross

Peter and Susan Metzger

Ms. Stefani Hulitar

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

Mrs. Hope H. vanBeuren

BankNewport

Bowen’s Wharf Company

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Darden

Mr. Patrick Dolat

Victoria L. Mele

Mark and Betty Thompson

 

Armin and Lynne Allen
M. Therese Antone, RSM
B.R. Arnold Construction Co. Inc.
Brewster Thornton Group Architects
Citrin Cooperman & Co., LLP
Mrs. Maia Farish
Farrar Associates, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Richard M. Fisher
Lloyd and Hope Griscom
Mr. & Mrs. George G. Herrick
Ivy Wealth Management
Joseph Gnazzo Company
Sandra Liotus Lighting Design, LLC

Christine MacDonald and
Steven Fielding
Philip C. Marshall
Peter J. Portney
Diana Prince
Diana Pearson Scheetz
Mr. & Mrs. Archbold D. van Beuren
Carl Vernlund Architectural Photography
Susan Baker Watts

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