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Newport Restoration Foundation Announces 10th Annual Doris Duke Preservation Award Honorees
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July 25, 2016, Newport RI - The tenth annual Doris Duke Preservation Awards recognizes three recent projects for their contributions to preserving Rhode Island's historic architectural heritage. The awards will be presented at a celebration on the grounds of Rough Point, the Newport home of preservationist and philanthropist Doris Duke, on Friday, September 9, 2016.

The Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards, administered jointly by the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) and the City of Newport, encourage and acknowledge renovation and restoration projects that take particular care to preserve intact the historical character, fabric, and distinguishing features of buildings of all types and historical periods. The awards are conveyed to the owners of the selected properties, which this year include:

Eisenhower House (1873), One Lincoln Drive. Owned by the State of Rhode Island; recognized for bringing so beautifully and completely back to life one of Newport's great Victorian gems through a complete renovation, begun in 2013, in which special care was taken to conserve original features such as wooden sash windows and the signature grand staircase of architect George Champlin Mason.

Samuel Durfee Barn (ca. 1850-76), 352 Spring Street. Owned by Heather and Michael de Pinho; recognized for saving one of the most vulnerable kinds of historic buildings (i.e., those built with utility rather than impressive street view in mind) and maintaining so thoughtfully Newport's mid nineteenth-century architectural heritage, while adapting the interior, with extensive reuse of original materials, for residential living.

Harbour Court (completed 1906), 5 Halidon Avenue. Owned by the New York Yacht Club; recognized for the exemplary approach to returning exterior finishes of one of Newport's great early twentieth-century houses to their original splendor and reworking a kitchen addition to better match the Cram, Goodhue, and Ferguson design of the historic building.

"What strikes me about the three honorees is how they represent the best in three distinct kinds of preservation projects," said Pieter N. Roos, the executive director of NRF, in reviewing the jury's work. "The restoration of the exterior of Harbour Court was technically complicated by the need to match historic materials; Eisenhower House represents the best kind of careful approach to full renovation, with sensitive accommodation for modern amenities and accessibility; and the Samuel Durfee Barn shows how well adaptive reuse can be done while preserving historic fabric and character intact."

The award winners were chosen by a jury that included representatives from NRF, the City of Newport, and individuals involved in historic preservation at the local and state levels, including: Richard Crisson, Historical Architect; Thomas P.I. Goddard, vice chairman of the board of trustees for NRF; Helen Johnson, Preservation Planner, City of Newport; Justin McLaughlin, Newport City Council; Margot Nishimura, deputy director of NRF; and Diana Sylvaria, chairperson of the Newport Historic District Commission.

Proceeds from the September 9 awards celebration will go to NRF's new Research Center, which promotes advanced scholarship and innovation in historic preservation and material culture studies. The first event under the center's auspices was this past April's Keeping History Above Water conference, which drew 350 preservationists, climate scientists, architects, engineers, policy makers, municipal officials, historic home owners, and many more from around the country and overseas to discuss how best to protect historic structures and whole neighborhoods from the impacts of sea level rise.

The next event for NRF's Research Center will be a symposium on October 26 on the history of collecting and caring for Islamic Art in the U.S., offered in conjunction with the 2016 exhibition at Rough Point, Waterscapes: Islamic Architecture and Art from Doris Duke's Shangri La.

To date, support for the 2016 Doris Duke Preservation Awards has been provided by:

Platinum Sponsors: Marriott Newport, Lisette Prince, James H. Ross

Gold Sponsors: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Samuel & Ann Mencoff

Silver Sponsors (Doris Duke Circle): Mrs. John A. van Beuren, Marion O. Charles, Galkin Private Foundation, Robert Galkin, John Harris & Linda Sawyer, Angela & Steven Kumble, Edith McBean, Juliette Clagett McLennan, Slocum Gordon & Co. LLP, Stefani Hulitar

Bronze Sponsors: Bank Newport, Bowen's Wharf Co., Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. Burnham, Lilly Dick, Farrar Associates Inc., Home & Commercial Security, LGC + D LLP, Joseph & Gloria McCarthy, George & Susan Petrovas, John & Linda Purdy, Sandra Liotus Lighting Design LLC

Tickets will be available for purchase on our website starting August 1. You may also purchase tickets by contacting Sarah at or calling 401-849-7300 ext. 117.

Founded in 1968, the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting and maintaining Aquidneck Island's 18th- and 19th-century architectural heritage and the fine and decorative arts collections of Doris Duke in Newport.

Posted: July 26, 2016
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