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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.

2019 Event Info

The 2019 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 24, 2019.





Please download a 2019 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

Since its inception 13 years ago, the Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards have raised over $475,000 to support preservation in Newport. 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, are named in her honor.

Please join us for this important event!

The 13th Annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards

Friday, September 6, 2019
6:00 – 8:30pm

Rough Point
680 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI, 02840

Join us on the lawn of Doris Duke’s Newport home, Rough Point, for the 13th Annual Doris Duke Historic 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

Celebration Committee

Committee Chairs

Victoria Mele
Christine MacDonald
Tracy Bach-Sorensen

 Committee Members

Amy Berkowitz
Norey Cullen
Stefani Hulitar
Angela Giguere-Kumble
David Thalmann

Honorary Chairs

Mrs. Robert H. Charles (in memorium)
Mrs. Edwin G. Fischer
Ms. Lisette Prince


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 new programs and unique events that engage the community, and preserving and stewarding our historic museums and centuries-old properties.

$175 per person

Click below to secure a sponsorship or reserve tickets.


Printable Sponsorship Form

Please direct any Sponsorship or ticketing inquiries to Alicia Cipriano at 401.849.7300 x117.

2018 Awardees

The Cattle Crib (1916)
Beacon Hill Road, Newport, RI

Owned by Mark and Leslie Hull; recognized for the adaptive reuse of a former early twentieth century livestock pen, which had fallen into neglect during the past few decades. The structure was originally part of Swiss Village - previously known as Surprise Valley farm and associated to the Arthur Curtis James estate. The building was abandoned for farm use many decades ago and along with several adjacent farm buildings, was left to eventually deteriorate to a dilapidated state. This historic farm building has been completely renovated in an effort to bring back its original character, and is currently enjoyed by the property owners as a passive retreat.

26 – 30 Washington Square (1931)
Newport, RI

Awarded to GA Washington Square, LLC; recognized for successfully reinvigorating a commercial space in Washington Square. The property is a two-story Colonial Revival brick masonry structure, built in 1931. The building has traditionally been used as office space on the second floor and commercial space on the first floor. The project, completed in 2017, restored the exterior above the storefront, replaced windows, cleaned and repointed masonry, and replicated the missing gable ornament, while also remolding the interior space. The building is presently home to the restaurant, Stoneacre Brasserie.

The Blue Garden (1911–1918)
Beacon Hill Road, Newport, RI

Awarded posthumously to Dorrance “Dodo” Hill Hamilton; recognized for rebuilding an original historic landscape design to fit modern standards. The Blue Garden was first designed for Arthur Curtiss and Harriet Parsons James by Fredrick Law Olmstead Jr. After their passing in 1941, attention paid to maintain this labor-intensive property plummeted, and continued to be neglected after being subdivided and purchased by developers. In 2012, the property was purchased by Dorrance H. Hamilton — a noted philanthropist and garden enthusiast — and the restoration process began. Architects utilized original Olmsted dimensioned drawings to specify the rebuilding of garden structures to modern code and his plans were reinterpreted to keep the original intent but provide for more sustainable future management. Today, the Blue Garden is open by appointment to those who are affiliated with a group or institutions involved in gardens, design, the arts, maintenance, horticulture, historic preservation, landscape architecture, architecture, and education.

A special recognition will be conferred upon John Peixinho for being the inspiration behind the Doris Duke Preservation Awards.

Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors

Edith McBean

James H. Ross

Lisette Prince

Mr. & Mrs. Mortimer Berkowitz III

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Mencoff

James D. Berwind
Marion Oates Charles
Bob & Wini Galkin Fund
Pamela & David B. Ford
G. Stanton Geary
Angela Giguere-Kumble

Slocum, Gordon & Co. LLP
Stefani Hulitar
Anne & Matt Hamilton
Juliette Clagett McLennan
John D. Harris & Linda Sawyer
Hope H. van Beuren

AquaGuard, LLC
Lynne and Armin Allen
Holly Bannister
Bowen’s Wharf Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. Burnham
D.F. Dwyer Insurance Agency
Edwin G. Fischer

Roger and Gayle Mandle
Home & Commercial Security, Inc.
Roger Williams University
Joseph and Gloria McCarthy
Joseph and Victoria Mele
John and Linda Purdy
Sandra Liotus Lighting Design, LLC


Brian Arnold
Citrin Cooperman
John & Tracy Bach Sorensen
Dr. & Mrs. E. G. Fischer
Mr. & Mrs. George G. Herrick
Mr. & Mrs. David Gordon
Lila Delman Real Estate
Philip C. Marshall


Pierre F.V. Merle
The Preservation Society of Newport County
Diana Pearson
Mr. & Mrs. Frank N. Ray
Salve Regina University

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