About Us

Doris Duke (1912-1993) established the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1968 with the intent to preserve the city’s colonial streetscapes. Since then, the organization has grown to include one of the largest collections of early American architecture in the country, two museums, and two public parks. NRF continues Doris’s legacy through the commitment to the preservation of places and through sharing Doris’s story.

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.