Newport Architectural Forum
P.O. Box 204 Newport, RI 02840

2015 Events

September 2015: Doris Duke and Preservation RI "Rhody" Awards

August 19, 2015: Lieutenant John Tschirch - The Classical House 

May 9-10, 2015: What's Out There Weekend - Newport County: Landscape Tours with The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Visit the remarkable and diverse landscapes of Newport County through free, expert-led tours and experience one of our nation's greatest treasures. From the vernacular Cliff Walk used by Native Americans and Colonial fishermen and the stately Gilded Age mansions that ornament Narragansett Bay to Queen Anne Square designed by Maya Lin, Newport's storied collection of landscapes is unrivaled. Join TCLF and The Preservation Society of Newport County for more than two dozen tours ranging from public parks to once-private mansions in Newport, Portsmouth, Middletown, and more.

For more information please visit the sites below.

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May 2, 2015: (9:00am Casino Theatre in Newport, RI)
Newport Architectural Symposium: "Eve of the Gilded Age (Newport Architecture 1830-1870)"

Newport is largely known for the richness of its architecture from the Colonial Era and from the Gilded Age and yet there was a great deal of architecture done between those times, especially in the period from 1830-870 which is noteworthy and valuable to look at more closely. 
The work of two architects working in Newport at that time, Richard Upjohn and George Champlin Mason, will be the particular focus of this year’s architectural symposium, which has become one of the foundation stone’s for the Forum’s annual calendar. Architectural Forum members may register at the reduced “membership rate” for a saving of $10. Please go to this event link if you did not receive a hard copy invitation as this event tends to sell out earlier and earlier each successive year and space is strictly limited. Forum members not only receive the discounted admission but receive early notice and reminders of the event so that they are not excluded so don’t delay!

April 25, 2015: RIHPHC Preservation Conference

April 17 -24, 2015: Newport Arboretum Week 2015

There's something for everyone during Newport Arboretum Week. Tree walks, bug talks, cocktail parties and much, much more.

Take time on Monday, April 20th at 11:00AM, to tour Salve Regina University's beautiful groves and gardens with Salve Superintendent of Grounds Mike Chester and Newport Tree Warden and Building & Grounds Supervisor Scott Wheeler. Many of the events are free, so please don't miss out. For more information and to RSVP visit

March 2, 2015: (6:00pm Tinney Stained Glass Studios at 82 Valley Road, Middletown, RI)
Tour & Demonstration: "The Making of Stained Glass"

Learn to appreciate Stained Glass windows in homes and churches with historian, stained glass expert and Architectural Forum member Harle Tinney, formerly of St. Luke Studio of Providence and Newport. She will demonstrate early techniques along with the design and craftsmanship of a window panel. From design to the finished piece, participants will experience drawing the pattern, glass cutting, and working with lead and solder.

February 28, 2015: (Redwood Library in Newport, RI)
Lecture: "Peter Harrison: American Architect"

Architect, historian and Architectural Forum member John Grosvenor presented a PowerPoint lecture on the subject of Peter Harrison (1716-1778), his life and his work (and possible work) in Newport. One of the most noteworthy of the colonial era architects, Peter Harrison is famous for his translation of European designs into the Redwood Library (1747), Touro Synagogue (1759) and Brick Market (1772). In addition to those known works and building on the hypothesizes of other experts, scholars and historic evidence, John postulated that Vernon House, the tower on Trinity Church and the Stone Tower in Touro park are projects that Peter Harrison may have had involvement with as well. This was a sellout lecture with many Forum members in attendance! 

February 14, 2015: (11:00am to 3:00pm at the Samuel Whitehorne Museum in Newport, RI)
Living History: "A Day in the Life of a Newport Home (1820)"

Step back to the year 1820 at the Samuel Whitehorne House. This family friendly program will give visitors a chance to interact with costumed interpreters portraying a day in the life of Whitehorne family servants. Guests will be able to talk with them and learn what it was like living in Newport and working as a servant almost two hundred years ago as they relay stories of housework, childcare and even local gossip. This interactive family program is presented by the Newport Restoration Foundation and the Newport Historical Society. Normal admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children but all Architectural Forum members will be admitted free of charge by signing a special NAF attendance sheet.

February 12, 2015: (6:00pm at Rosecliff in Newport, RI)
Lecture: Creativity of the Eiffel Tower by Jill Jonnes 

Author and  Historian Jill Jonnes will be lecturing on her book “Eiffel’s Tower: the story of how a self-made millionaire and engineer Gustave Eiffel won a contest to erect a colossal tower as the spectacular centerpiece of the 1889 Exposition Universelle. At the time, Parisian tastemakers were outraged, denouncing the proposed thousand-foot tower as a “hideous” blot on their historic city, even as fearful residents brought lawsuits amid predictions of certain structural calamity. Eiffel persevered, overcoming formidable obstacles to create the world’s tallest building at that time.  But the Eiffel Tower is only part of this story, for the Paris Exposition itself was a milestone of emerging technology, late 19th century globalism, and an extraordinary flourishing of the arts and journalism. General admission is $15 but is free for Forum members by signing a special attendance sheet. RSVP in advance by calling Laura Kamarz (401.847.1000 x137). Space is limited and advance reservations are required.

January 20, 2015: (Gateway Visitor Center in Newport, RI)
Closing Reception: "Newport Lighthouses: Past & Present"

Lighthouses are one of the architectural types that are unique to the coastal communities and one of the building forms which give Rhode Island its special character and mystique. Jan Slee, founder of “Rhody Lights”, assembled or created an outstanding collection of lighthouse models. “Rhody Lights” is seeking to help unify the many different lighthouse associations within the state and to that purpose organized this extensive exhibition of maps, models and photographs and maps of all the lighthouses that currently exist within the state and all those that are no longer extant as well. There are rumors this exhibition may be returning to Newport again later this year so we will let you  know what is planned. 

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