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.
Tour Doris Duke’s art-filled mansion and enjoy panoramic ocean views from the extensive grounds, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Open April to November.
Experience the only museum in the world specializing in 18th-century Newport furniture and related decorative arts.
Explore 40 acres of open space, a tribute to the agrarian heritage of Aquidneck Island. The site is open daily from dawn to dusk for public enjoyment.
Newport Restoration Foundation holds one of the largest collections of period architecture owned by a single organization anywhere in the United States.
Celebrate excellence in historic preservation efforts within the City of Newport, Rhode Island.
Live amidst history by renting one of our many historic properties.
Help us to continue a lived-in legacy by becoming a Restoration Partner today.
With profound sadness, Newport Restoration Foundation shares the news of the passing on November 28, 2020 of our former Board Chair, Roger Mandle. Roger joined the NRF Board in 2002 while serving as the President of Rhode Island School of Design. He left the Board in 2008 to become Executive Director and Chief Officer of Museums at Qatar Museums Authority in Doha, Qatar, but rejoined after returning to New England four years later. In December 2013, he was elected Board Chair of NRF and served in that role for five years.
Roger’s passion for life and the depth and breadth of his experience inspired all of us who had the pleasure to work with him. As a leader, his enthusiasm was infectious. He understood the role that an organization like NRF could play in the life of the community, and he recognized that the word “community” encompasses everybody who lives and works here.
Although he is perhaps best known in Rhode Island for his role in academia, his knowledge of museums, and especially art museums, was unsurpassed. Prior to his arrival at RISD, he served as Associate Director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Director of the Toledo Museum of Art, and Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Roger retired as NRF Board Chair to devote more time to the Massachusetts Design Art & Technology Institute (DATMA), a New Bedford organization he co-founded with his wife, Gayle Wells Mandle, in 2016. Contributions in his memory may be made to DATMA or RISD.
In part two of our special interview with Rough Point' Estate Gardener Tessa Young, we talk about off-season gardening at Rough Point, advice on how to prep your plants and gardens for the winter, and how to successfully get cozy this winter with houseplants.
We took a moment to interview Pamela Carolino Lima, Head Housekeeper at NRF, to hear more about projects during the off-season at Rough Point, get advice for cleaning furniture and other surfaces in our homes, and preserving our museums for future generations to enjoy.
As a member of the Newport community, NRF embraces the textured history of the city, and welcomes the stories and memories of the many different people who lived and live here.
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