2017-07-27 / Around Town

Doris Duke Preservation Awards Announced


Mailands & Westcliff Carriage House. 
(Photo courtesy of Dr. Holly Bannister and Mr. Douglas Newhouse) Mailands & Westcliff Carriage House. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Holly Bannister and Mr. Douglas Newhouse) The Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport have announced the winners of the 2017 Doris Duke Preservation Awards, which are presented each year to three recently completed projects that exemplify excellence in the preservation of Newport/Aquidneck Island’s architectural heritage.

The awards encourage and recognize restoration and rehabilitation projects that preserve the intact historic character, landscape, and distinguishing features of buildings and sites of all types and periods. The award winners were chosen by a jury comprised of representatives from the Newport Restoration Foundation, the City of Newport and individuals involved in historic preservation at the local and state levels.

Recognized this year are projects at the Mailands & Westcliff Carriage House, the Newport Historical Society's Resource Center and the Sachuest Point Landscape Restoration. Pieter N. Roos, NRF’s longtime executive director, will also receive special recognition for his distinguished


Newport Historical Society's Resource Center. 
(Photo courtesy of the Newport Historical Society) Newport Historical Society's Resource Center. (Photo courtesy of the Newport Historical Society) 18-year tenure with the foundation and his contributions to historic preservation in Newport and beyond.

The Mailands & Westcliff Carriage House, built in 1875, was honored for preserving and restoring much of its original historic character after years of incompatible alterations. Recognizing the historical significance of the carriage house, and the imminent danger it was in, the new owners committed to ensuring its preservation while also giving it new life.

Newport Historical Society's Resource Center successfully integrated the old with the new. The property encompasses three historic buildings that reflect the development of the NHS since its founding. Despite many challenges, NHS was able to maintain the architectural identity of the complex, while accommodating a robust 21st-century program of staff and visitor activities.


Sachuest project when they were burying the power lines. Sachuest project when they were burying the power lines. The Sachuest Point Landscape Restoration, completed by the Scenic Aquidneck Coalition, was a joint effort of the Aquidneck Land Trust, the Preservation Society of Newport County, Preserve Rhode Island, the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, National Grid, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. It was recognized for addressing coastal resiliency and demonstrating the power of collaboration. This project removed a 2-mile stretch of unsightly utility poles along Sachuest Point in Middletown after the road and dunes were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

“This year’s award winners represent a broad and intriguing spectrum of historic preservation and conservation activity on Aquidneck Island,” said Wendy Nicholas, interim executive director of NRF. “The winners include a private couple’s careful restoration of the Mailands & Westcliff Carriage House, a nonprofit organization’s adaptive reuse of a complex of historic structures paired with a bold new addition, and a once-in-a-lifetime restoration of a dramatic and often-painted landscape long-marred by 20thcentury electric poles.”

Since its inception 11 years ago, the Doris Duke Preservation Awards have raised over $550,000 to support historic preservation in Newport.

The awards will be presented on Friday, Sept. 8 during a celebration at Rough Point, the Newport home of Duke. Tickets are available at NewportRestoration.org beginning Aug. 1. They can also be purchased by contacting Sarah Reusche at Sarah@NewportRestoration.org or calling 401-849-7300, x 117.

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