Newport Restoration Foundation recognizes preservation efforts
THE OCRE LODGE CARRIAGE HOUSE at Salve Regina University is one of the three projects being honored by the city of Newport and the Newport Restoration Foundation in the 2013 Doris Duke Preservation Awards.
NEWPORT – The Newport Restoration Foundation and the city of Newport announced the winners of the 2013 Doris Duke Preservation Awards and 2012 Doris Duke Fund for Historic Preservation Grant recipients on Tuesday.
The seventh annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards, which will be celebrated on Friday, Sept. 6, will recognize three projects and “their contributions to the historic preservation of Newport,” according to a Restoration Foundation release.
This year’s Preservation Awards honorees include Eve and William Woodhull for Old Acre Carriage House (c. 1856) for a “successful adaptive re-use of a modest outbuilding that could have gone ignored.”
Samuel and Ann Mencoff are being recognized for their work on the Aloha Landing Boathouse (c. 1909), “a stunning structure which had fallen into decay and was dismantled piece by piece to be expertly re-assembled.”
Finally, Salve Regina University has been recognized for its work on the Ochre Lodge Carriage House (c. 1883), in which the school “reclaimed an underutilized carriage house to realize its maximum potential as a dormitory.”
Winners were selected by a committee of representatives from the Restoration Foundation, the city of Newport and historic preservation experts from local and state levels.
In addition to the Sept. 6 ceremony at the former home of preservationist and philanthropist Doris Duke, the awardees will be honored Aug. 28 at Newport City Hall.
“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to see these great preservation projects up close,” Naomi Neville, architect, city council member and member of the awards committee, said in prepared remarks. “This year’s honorees have shown how outbuildings, which could very well be ignored, play a significant part in a property’s landscape.”
All proceeds from the awards celebration will benefit the Doris Duke Fund for Historic Preservation, which distributes grants to civic and nonprofit organizations on Aquidneck Island and Jamestown.
Administered by the Newport Restoration Foundation, the grants are generally given for brick-and-mortar projects or project-planning.
The funds from the 2012 awards celebration benefited projects by: Historic New England; Jamestown Historical Society; Middletown Historical Society; Star of the Sea; St. Augustin Church; St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church; Trinity Church; and Whitehall Museum.