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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, Rhode Island 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.

Award Recipients

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.

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

Eisenhower House (1873), One Lincoln Drive
Owned by the State of Rhode Island; recognized for bringing so beautifully and completely back to life one of Newport’s great Victorian gems through a complete renovation, begun in 2013, in which special care was taken to conserve original features such as wooden sash windows and the signature grand staircase of architect George Champlin Mason.

Samuel Durfee Barn (ca. 1850-76), 352 Spring Street
Owned by Heather and Michael de Pinho; recognized for saving one of the most vulnerable kinds of historic buildings (i.e., those built with utility rather than impressive street view in mind) and maintaining so thoughtfully Newport’s mid nineteenth-century architectural heritage, while adapting the interior, with extensive reuse of original materials, for residential living.

Harbour Court (completed 1906), 5 Halidon Avenue
Owned by the New York Yacht Club; recognized for the exemplary approach to returning exterior finishes of one of Newport’s great early twentieth-century houses to their original splendor and reworking a kitchen addition to better match the Cram, Goodhue, and Ferguson design of the historic building.

The Audrain Building (1902-03), 220-230 Bellevue Avenue
Owned by American Realty Capital; recognized for returning the exterior of this landmark commercial building to its original 1903 Renaissance Revival splendor.

Victorian Gothic barn (ca. 1853) at 67 Second Street
Owned by David and Laura Pedrick; recognized for the rescue, relocation, and restoration, preserving close to 85% of original material, of this distinct utilitarian building form that is among the last of its kind in Newport.

Quatrel (1853; altered ca. 1900), 669 Bellevue Avenue
Owned by Jay and Brenda Wilson; recognized for the painstaking and meticulous restoration of the house to its ca. 1900 redesign by Ogden Codman, Jr., with a mix of Italianate and French Provincial elements.

The Newport Tree Society/The Newport Arboretum
For its city-wide heritage horticulture projects of restoration and community education about Newport’s historic landscape.

Cliffside Inn (c. 1876)
Bill & Nancy Bagwill for a meticulously restored inn that conveys a clear affection for historic architecture and interiors.

Seaweed (c. 1860 and c.1902)
Holly Bannister and Douglas Newhouse for taking a purist preservation approach, changing very little and restoring as much as possible.

Aloha Landing Boathouse
Samuel & Ann Mencoff

Old Acre Carriage House
William & Eve Woodhull

Ochre Lodge Carriage House
Salve Regina University

392 Spring Street
Robert & Valerie Carbone

665 Bellevue Avenue
Linda Sawyer & John D. Harris II

Bellevue Avenue History Trail sign project
The Preservation Society of Newport County

Distinguished Steward Award
John G. Winslow

82 Thames Street
Cheryl Auger and Chris Peck

Wrentham Carriage House, 325 Ocean Drive
Ashley and Frank O’Keefe

International Tennis Hall of Fame
Stanford White Casino Theater

Distinguished Steward
Marion Oates Charles

Berkeley House, 1 Berkeley Avenue
James and Alice Ross

Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham Street
for Steeple and Bells Restoration Project

Redwood Hose Station 8, 118 Prospect Hill
The Clemens Family

Aquidneck Mill, 449 Thames Street
International Yacht Restoration School

73 Division Street
Alexandra Allardt

“Edgehill,” 31 Beacon Hill Road
Carol and Les Ballard

North and East Ramparts and East Barracks at Fort Adams
Fort Adams Trust

Distinguished Steward
Noreen Stonor Drexel

40 Division Street
Nicholas Scheetz

3 Memorial Boulevard
Lila Delman Real Estate

Redwood Library and Athenaeum

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