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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 Event Info

Since its inception 15 years ago, the Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards have raised over $650,000 to support preservation in and around Newport.

In 2021, our awards celebration was held virtually on YouTube, where we recognized members of our community who made significant contributions to the preservation and character of Aquidneck Island.

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 16th Annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards

Friday, September 9, 2022

 

Click below to watch the 2021 virtual award ceremony:

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Click here to read the 2021 Awards Program Book

 

Nominations are being accepted for the 16th Annual
Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards until June 1, 2022. 

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

Please download a 2022 DDPA Nomination Form, which provides information about the nomination process and instructions and requirements for submitting your application.

For questions on nominations and form submissions, please email Alyssa Lozupone.

Funds raised from the Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards will support important NRF preservation initiatives and activities. Your gift helps protect Newport’s architectural heritage by preserving our historic museums and centuries-old properties.

Information about 2022 sponsorship opportunities will be available soon

 

 

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.

BankNewport

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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