About Us

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is a non-profit organization established by philanthropist Doris Duke in 1968 to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of 18th and 19th century Newport. NRF promotes economic and community restoration through historic preservation initiatives like Keeping History Above Water, which addresses the impact of sea-level rise on the built environment in the wake of climate change, and the Historic Trades Initiative, which harnesses the knowledge of local specialists to train the next generation of preservation craftspeople. In addition to a collection of more than 70 colonial houses, now rented to tenant stewards, NRF operates properties that are open to the public —including Rough Point, the Newport home of Doris Duke, and The Vernon House, a site of expansive storytelling, contemporary dialogue, and preservation trades skill-building. 

Thank you for your support. Your purchase helps us in our work preserving our museums and historic buildings, studying climate change resilience in Newport, developing new community-oriented programs, and meeting needs that arise from stewarding centuries-old properties. Please visit newportrestoration.org for more information. 

Doris Duke in a purple coat and man wearing a brown hat stand with their backs to the camera in front of the columned doorframe of an 18th-century house.

Doris Duke at the entrance to the Langely-King House, 34 Pelham Street, 1970. Courtesy of Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, NC.