2016-09-22 / News Briefs

‘Lost in Newport’ Talk

As both a tribute to the ongoing multi-million dollar rebuilding of the Newport Opera House in Washington Square – as well as an important fundraiser for that rebuild –  nationally recognized author and historic preservationist Paul Miller will give an illustrative discussion on his book “Lost Newport,” featuring more than 100 vintage views of cottages, built from the early 19th century to the early 20th, now lost from Newport’s townscape.

The presentation will be given at the Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro St., on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Miller will share his evocative insights into Newport’s lost architecture, and the importance of saving historic theaters, such as the Opera House, that are simultaneously a part of Newport’s history – and its future.

As he says in the introduction to “Lost Newport,” “it is hoped that knowing what previously stood on key sites and what contributed to making Newport a unique American architectural microcosm might remind inhabitants and visitors of the fragility of the surviving balance and perhaps inspire them to be sensitive to past architectural traditions in future construction.”

Miller has served as curator of the Preservation Society of Newport County since 1995, specializing in the field of Gilded Age architectural interiors.

There will be a cash bar before his presentation begins at 5:45 p.m. The donation is $25 per person (to benefit the Opera House restoration) with limited seating available.

Email RSVP@operahouseri.org or call 401-619-4599.

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