2014-09-11 / Mainsheet

Excellence in Preservation Celebrated


Bill and Nancy Bagwill Bill and Nancy Bagwill The Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards were presented Sept. 5 at Duke’s Rough Point. The eighth annual awards recognized three projects and their contributions to Newport’s historic landscape and commitment to preservation. The Newport Restoration Foundation presented the awards in conjunction with the City of Newport.

2014 Historic Preservation Award recipients included the Newport Tree Society/The Newport Arboretum for its citywide heritage horticulture restoration and community education, Bill and Nancy Bagwill for meticulous restorations of their Cliffside Inn, and to Holly Bannister and Douglas Newhouse, of their historic home Seaweed on Bellevue Avenue.

This year’s honorees were chosen by a committee comprised of NRF representatives Robert Foley and Thomas Goddard; Naomi Neville, Newport City Council/Neville Architecture & Environmental Consulting; John Shehan and Diana Sylvaria of the Historic District Commission; and Sarah Zurier, historian, Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission.


Pieter Roos and Rebecca Gardner Campbell Pieter Roos and Rebecca Gardner Campbell The celebration committee was comprised of honorary chairs Mrs. Robert H. Charles, Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton and Mrs. Edwin G. Fischer, and co-chairs Victoria Mele, Christine MacDonald, Tracy Bach-Sorenson, Terry Grosvenor, Richard Crisson, Ann Kiker, Norey Cullen and David Thalmann.

Hors d’oeuvres and small plates by Chanterelle Boutique Catering were enjoyed by guests on the oceanfront terrace and inside Duke’s home.

All proceeds from the event benefitted the Doris Duke Fund for Historic Preservation which distributes grants to civic and non-profit groups on Aquidneck Island and Jamestown.



Edith McBean and Maria Farish Edith McBean and Maria Farish

Rose Rombart, Pamela Jerome, and Carl Rombart Rose Rombart, Pamela Jerome, and Carl Rombart

Kimberly Skeen with John Harris and Jacqueline Paolino Kimberly Skeen with John Harris and Jacqueline Paolino

Kathy Pratt and Turner Scott Kathy Pratt and Turner Scott

Richard Myers and Barbara Miller Richard Myers and Barbara Miller

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