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Call for Nominations: 2023 Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards

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Margaret Back, Preservation Associate
401-849-7300, x 122 /

Newport, RI— The annual Doris Duke Preservation Awards, a joint program of the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport, encourages excellence in historic preservation by recognizing exemplary preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation projects as well as education and advocacy initiatives that have taken place throughout Newport County. This year’s awards also seek to highlight innovative approaches to preservation, including new technologies, materials/products, excellence in practice, creative adaptive reuse, climate change adaptations, and similar progressive concepts.


Newport Restoration Foundation and the City are calling upon the local community to nominate innovative and best practice preservation projects completed within the last three years that have added value to the character of the community. The winners will be acknowledged at an awards event on Friday, September 8, 2023 (details of the event pending). Please see below for award criteria and how to submit a nomination. The deadline for nominations is July 17, 2023.

Award Criteria

  • Eligible recipients are individuals; non-profit or for-profit organizations; and federal, state, or local agencies.
  • A wide variety of nominations of varying project budgets are encouraged, from small buildings to large; major rehabilitations to minor restorations; landscapes or streetscapes; new technologies and materials; individual or company-level excellence in practice; and education or advocacy initiatives. Particular attention will be paid to projects that include the following criteria:
    • Adaptive reuse
    • Multi-family, affordable housing building adaptation
    • Resiliency and energy efficiency
    • Company, firm, or individual exemplifying preservation practice
    • New or emerging preservation technologies, materials, and/or products compliant in historic applications
  • All work related to the project or initiative must have been completed within the last three (3) years.
  • Nominations are welcome from Newport County (Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown, Tiverton, Little Compton).
  • Properties that are currently (or anticipated to be) listed for sale will not be considered.

Further information about how to nominate a project or individual can be found at or by emailing Margaret Back, NRF’s Preservation Associate, at

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