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 Foundations 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 making a contribution to our Annual Fund today.
Newport Restoration Foundation is proud to announce the launch of our brand new website! Our new user-friendly, mobile responsive site, has been designed to encourage exploration as well as provide educational resources to the community and beyond. Interactive features have been developed to give online visitors more opportunities to learn about NRF and what we do. For instance, you don’t want to miss:
You may also notice our logo is looking a little different these days. Along with our new website, NRF is launching a new brand identity with a refreshed logo design and updated color palette that unifies all areas of the organization. NRF actively participates in the field of historic preservation through our tenant stewardship program and Keeping History Above Water initiative, as well as operates three museums in the Newport area. Our new branding will tie all of these entities together to clearly express our mission.
Who knew 50 years could look this good? This brand launch coincides with the 50th anniversary year of the Newport Restoration Foundation, and is one of the many projects we are doing to celebrate this incredible milestone. NRF has evolved greatly from its beginnings in 1968, when it was founded by heiress and philanthropist, Doris Duke. From starting as a historic preservation organization focused in Newport, RI, to Doris Duke’s establishment of Whitehorne House and Prescott Farm as museums, and later, the acquisition of Rough Point Museum after her passing, NRF’s identity has changed as these different events occurred. In its 50th year, NRF is defining that identity, and preparing for what another 50 years may look like as an organization.
Newport Restoration Foundation would like to especially thank our website and design partners from Design Agency in Pawtucket, RI and Jake & Co in Providence, RI for their vision and dedication to this project. We hope you’ll enjoy using our new site and please stay tuned for more from NRF as we continue to roll out our refreshed look this year!
This spring and summer, NRF will offer public programming that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Newport Restoration Foundation by looking back at — and sometimes reviving — what Doris Duke and others were up to around the time of its founding. Please mark your calendars for special events including:
Walking through Rough Point on Mother’s Day, I’m particularly aware of the mothers looking on from their gilded-framed perches. Nanaline Holt Inman Duke’s presence via portrait is mere inches away as we walk upstairs to what was her bedroom, now arranged as her daughter, Doris Duke, decorated it and used it a few decades ago.
Today we often agonize over the color to paint our houses. What was the original color, what is appropriate for the style, what do I like? Light, dark, the choices are truly infinite today. When your color choice is finally made,
Following a recent lecture on Newport architecture, I felt compelled to do a bit of research to back up my knowledge that glass is not a flowing, “supercooled liquid” at all. The characteristics of historic glass are all due to its methods of manufacture, but the nature of the material itself required confirmation from the experts.