2013-10-10 / Around Town

Eisenhower House to Be Restored

An underutilized cultural asset is to be repurposed for year-round use. An underutilized cultural asset is to be repurposed for year-round use. The Rhode Island Department of Administration (RIDOA) has announced the restoration and revitalization of the historic Eisenhower House, which currently is managed by the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission.

When the renovations are completed, the former summer residence will be winterized and be offered as a year-round venue for social and corporate events. The increased use will produce expanded revenue for the state.

“The Eisenhower House is one of Newport’s historic treasures, and I am glad that we are transforming it into an asset for Rhode Islanders to use year-round,” Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said. “Projects such as this one not only help with economic development by creating jobs, but also increase the revenue stream to the state.”

“The Eisenhower House is an ideal location for many events,” stated Director of Administration Richard A. Licht. “I am grateful for the hard work of the state employees overseeing the restoration and revitalization of this historic property. As a result, we will be able to open up this beautiful space to many more Rhode Islanders and visitors to our state.”

The RIDOA Division of Capital Projects and Property Management will oversee the project, which is in the design stage. The architects are Providence’s Brewster Thornton Group Architects.

The Eisenhower House was designed by Newport architects George C. Mason & Son in 1873. The house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is named for its most famous summer resident, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who vacationed there during the summer of 1958 and 1960.

In 1964, the United States Navy transferred Fort Adams and the Eisenhower House to Rhode Island to be used as a state park. Since then, the property has been the setting for public and private social events only during the summer.

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