The Newport Restoration Foundation Announces 2013 Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards and 2012 Doris Duke Fund for Historic Preservation Grant Recipients

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Awards and Grants Recognize Preservation Efforts in Historic Newport, RI

The seventh annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards will recognize three unique restoration projects and their contributions to historic preservation in Newport, Rhode Island. The awards celebration will be held at Rough Point, the Newport home of preservationist and philanthropist Doris Duke, on Friday, September 6. The Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards is a joint project of the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport to celebrate achievements in local historic preservation. This year’s honorees are:

  •     Eve and William Woodhull for Old Acre Carriage House (c.1856), a successful adaptive reuse of a modest outbuilding that could have gone ignored
  •     Samuel and Ann Mencoff for Aloha Landing Boathouse (c.1909), a stunning structure which had fallen into decay and was dismantled piece by piece to be expertly reassembled
  •     Salve Regina University for Ochre Lodge Carriage House (c. 1883), which reclaimed an underutilized carriage house to realize its maximum potential as a dormitory

The award winners were chosen by a committee comprised of representatives from NRF, the City of Newport, and individuals involved in historic preservation at the local and state levels. Winners will also be publicly acknowledged on August 28 at Newport City Hall.

“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to see these great preservation projects up close,” Naomi Neville, architect, City Council member and member of the awards committee. “This year’s honorees have shown how outbuildings, which could very well be ignored, play a significant part in a property’s landscape.”

All proceeds from the awards celebration benefit the Doris Duke Fund for Historic Preservation, which distributes grants to civic and non-profit organizations on Aquidneck Island and Jamestown. Administered by the NRF, these grants are generally given for bricks-and-mortar projects or project planning. The funds from the 2012 awards celebration benefited projects by: Historic New England; Jamestown Historical Society; Middletown Historical Society; Star of the Sea; St. Augustin Church; St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church; Trinity Church; and Whitehall Museum.

Support for the 2013 Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards has been provided by ArtCare Resources, BankNewport, DF Dwyer Insurance Agency, Ferrar & Associates, Home & Commercial Security, JAM Construction, QMW Masonry, Sandra Liotus Lighting Design and Slocum, Gordon & Co.

More information and tickets to the awards celebration are available by calling 401-849-7300 or at

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