NRF promotes and invests in the architectural heritage of the Newport community, the traditional building trades, and Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collections, for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all.
As a leader in the preservation of early American architecture, NRF supports research and education in areas directly related to its collections and issues of critical concern to the field of historic preservation.
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The Vernon House is a site for expansive story-telling, contemporary dialogue, and preservation trades skill-building.
Newport Restoration Foundation holds one of the largest collections of period architecture owned by a single organization anywhere in the United States.
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Newport, RI – Newport Restoration Foundation is announcing a transition in the leadership of its Board of Trustees. At its December meeting, the Board elected James H. Ross, Esq., to serve as Board President. Mr. Ross succeeds Dr. Roger Mandle, who served as President for six years before choosing to step down. Mr. Ross, who previously served as Board Treasurer, will be succeeded in that role by Dr. M. Therese Antone, Chancellor of Salve Regina University. The Board re-elected Thomas P.I. Goddard to serve as Vice President and Victoria Mele to serve as Secretary.
Mr. Ross is the Managing Member of Rossrock LLC in New York, NY. From 1986-1992, he served as President of Rossrock Company. Prior to that time, Mr. Ross practiced real estate and corporate law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and at Holland & Hart in Denver. Ross resides in Manhattan and Newport.
“At the beginning of my tenure with NRF, I was fortunate to have someone as knowledgeable and experienced as Roger Mandle as Board President,” said Mark Thompson, NRF’s Executive Director. “I feel equally grateful to have Jim Ross assume the Board Presidency. His understanding of real estate and finance make him the perfect choice to lead the Board as we continue in our quest to be New England’s preeminent preservation and museum organization.”
About the Newport Restoration Foundation
The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is a non-profit organization established by philanthropist Doris Duke in 1968 to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of 18th and 19th century Newport. NRF promotes economic and community restoration through historic preservation initiatives like Keeping History Above Water, which addresses the impact of sea-level rise on the built environment in the wake of climate change, and the Historic Trades Initiative, which harnesses the knowledge of local specialists to train the next generation of preservation craftspeople. In addition to a collection of more than 70 colonial houses, now rented to tenant stewards, NRF operates properties that are open to the public —including Rough Point, the Newport home of Doris Duke, and The Vernon House, a site of expansive storytelling, contemporary dialogue, and preservation trades skill-building.
NRF is on Facebook /NPTRestoration and Instagram @NPTRestoration. Visit newportrestoration.org for more information.