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NRF Now Accepting Nominations for 2018 Doris Duke Preservation Awards

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Meaghan Barry
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NEWPORT, RI — 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 City of Newport, Rhode Island by recognizing exemplary historic preservation building and landscape projects.

In 2018, Newport Restoration Foundation is celebrating its 50th anniversary, as well as its 12th year holding the Doris Duke Preservation Awards, and the organization is calling upon the local community to nominate their favorite project in the past three years that has truly enriched and added value to the character of Newport. The winners will be acknowledged at an awards ceremony held at Rough Point in Newport on Friday, September 7, 2018. Please see below for award criteria and the process for submitting  your nomination.



  • Eligible recipients are individuals, non-profit or for-profit organizations/institutions, and federal, state or local agencies. The owner of the building or site is the official recipient of the award; however, major contributors can be recognized at the awards ceremony. Properties that are currently (or anticipated to be) listed for sale will not be considered.
  • All project and site work must have been completed within the last three (3) years.
  • The awards committee encourages a wide variety of project types for nomination, from small buildings to large, landscapes or streetscapes, education or advocacy projects, sustainable or adaptive preservation, or projects that highlight craftsmanship.
  • Up to three (3) awards are made annually, with the awards committee reserving the right to designate additional awards under extraordinary circumstances.


Nominations are solicited annually and may be made with or without the knowledge of the nominee. This year’s deadline for submission of nominations is June 19, 2018.

Submitting Nominations: Nominations must be submitted electronically, as a single PDF document. If your nomination is over 5 megabytes, please deliver it through a web-based platform such as Dropbox.  Complete nominations should be submitted to Mark Thompson, Executive Director, at The following information must be included:

  • a nomination form, which can be downloaded here
  • a minimum of four (4) color photographs with captions (300 dpi/480×600 pixels) that illustrate and describe the nominated project; before and after;
  • architectural drawings associated with the project, including existing and proposed conditions.

The submission of historic images and background material is strongly encouraged. Please note that the awards committee may also request additional information from the nominating party.

All submitted material becomes the property of the Newport Restoration Foundation and may be used in publications, websites and other program promotion. No private information obtained as part of this nomination process will be retained, re-used or redistributed in any manner.

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