Newport Restoration Foundation Announces 2011 Doris Duke Fund for Historic Preservation Grant Recipients & Calls for Nominations for 2012 Doris Duke Preservation Awards

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The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) announced that it has awarded over $31,000 in grants through the Doris Duke Fund for Historic Preservation.

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) announced that it has awarded over $31,000 in grants through the Doris Duke Fund for Historic Preservation. The 2011 grant recipients are Seaman’s Church Institute, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Portsmouth), Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation, Preservation Society of Newport County, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Newport Art Museum. The funds were raised at the fifth annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards, a joint project of the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport, held at Doris Duke’s Rough Point in September 2011.

“We are pleased to announce this year’s grant recipients; organizations that share our dedication to preserving and protecting our community’s important historic nature,” explained Pieter N. Roos, executive director of the Newport Restoration Foundation. “Since the program started in 2006, the Preservation Awards has raised over $170,000 for the Doris Duke Fund for Historic Preservation, which has awarded 31 grants for worthy restoration and preservation projects within our community.”

The recognized projects include the restoration of Kingscote’s chimneys, the stone bastion at Rose Island Lighthouse, interior woodwork at Newport Art Museum and leaded glass windows at St. Mary’s; as well as planning for repair of St. Paul’s steeple and conservation of historic frescos in the Seamen’s chapel.

"The NRF has done so much to promote historic preservation in the city and this program provides even more incentive. Maintaining our architectural character is one of the many things that makes Newport so special and this partnership helps to engage the community,” stated Newport Mayor Stephen C. Waluk.

The Doris Duke Fund for Historic Preservation distributes grants to civic and non-profit organizations within Newport County. The annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards is the sole source of funds for the grants, which are administered by the NRF. The grants are generally given for bricks-and-mortar projects or project planning. The grant recipients are selected by a peer committee and NRF’s Board of Trustees.

Each year, the Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards recognizes individual home owners, non-profit organizations, local businesses or government agencies for their contributions to preserving the historic nature of Newport’s community. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 awards. The review committee, comprised of representatives from the City of Newport, NRF staff and other preservation professionals, encourages the submission of a wide variety of project types, from small to large buildings, landscapes or streetscapes, education or advocacy projects, sustainable “green building” preservation, or projects showcasing craftsmanship/artisanship. Nominations will be accepted until April 30, 2012. Nomination forms are available at http://www.newportrestoration.org or by contacting Robert Foley at Robert@newportrestoration.org.

In 2011, the Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards recognized three notable preservation projects. The Cheryl Auger and Chris Peck were selected their work on 82 Thames Street, an excellent example of straightforward, low-impact, partial do-it-yourself project. The Casino Theatre at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, in partnership with Salve Regina University, was honored for carefully preserving historic features, while modernizing the theatre for 21-century use. Ashley and Frank O’Keefe were acknowledged adaptive reuse of Wrentham Carriage House. John G. Winslow was recognized with the Distinguished Steward Award for his dedication to Newport preservation.

The sixth annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards will be celebrated in September 2012. The Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards are a joint project of the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport to celebrate achievements in local historic preservation. For more information on the awards program, visit http://www.newportrestoration.org or call (401) 849-7300.

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