The Friends of Newport Preservation (FNP) will present two preservation experts as part of their effort to raise public awareness and preserve The Breakers, Newport’s crown jewel. “The Landscape of The Breakers: Significance and Opportunities For Newport’s Most Important Gilded Age Landmark”, will be held at the Newport Elks Club Lodge on Friday, April 7th at 5:30 PM.

The Preservation Society of Newport County’s unpopular plan for a new visitor center on the grounds of The Breakers poses significant dangers to the historic integrity of the property.  With a focus on education and awareness, the evening event will feature Patricia O’Donnell, a well-known historic landscape planner and preservationist who has studied the history and significance of The Breakers landscape and Mohamad Farzan, a Newport architect and historian who is deeply familiar with The Breakers and its history.  Attendees will hear about and see visualizations of the possibilities for restoration of the property’s iconic landscape and have an opportunity to review an interesting alternative to the controversial visitor center. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion along with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar during the cocktail party following the presentations.

“Preserving and restoring the unique historic landscape at The Breakers is critical to the stewardship of the property,” said Ronald Lee Fleming of FNP, a nationally known preservationist and planner. “Our group has presented the Preservation Society of Newport County with compromise alternatives to the location of visitor center now proposed to be adjacent to the original gatehouse at The Breakers. We are now offering a challenge grant to the Society’s Trustees for restoration of the unique Serpentine Path, part of which will be destroyed forever if the Society proceeds with the center.  We want to work with and support the Society in preserving this treasured landmark before it’s too late, for the benefit of all concerned.”

WHAT: The Landscape of The Breakers: Significance and Opportunities For Newport’s Most Important Gilded Age Landmark

WHEN: Friday, April 7th at 5:30 PM

WHERE: Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham Street, Newport, RI (parking provided)

WHO: Patricia O’Donnell, FASLA, AICP, IFLA, ICOMOS, Principal, Heritage Landscapes LLC ; Mohamad Farzan, AIA, NewPort Architecture LLC; preservation experts, Vanderbilt family members, Newport residents and all who care about Newport’s future.

To learn more and to purchase tickets visit the group’s Facebook page

About the Friends of Newport Preservation: Friends of Newport Preservation is working to protect the historic integrity of Newport’s most valuable historic assets and the quality of life for all residents. The group organized to advocate for the protection of The Breakers, recognizing that the proposed development of the property will have an adverse effect on all of Newport.  Our efforts have support from community members, local and national experts in preservation, conservation, planning, architecture, and landscape design. The group’s ultimate goal is that our resources will continue to enchant Rhode Islanders and visitors alike, while enabling Newport to prosper as a residential community through protecting its historic landmarks.

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Friends of Newport Preservation Members: Joanne and Henry Breyer, Donald Christ, Maureen Donnell, Ron Fleming, Linda Gordon, Dodo Hamilton, Mary Joan Hoene, Judy McLennan, Stephanie McLennan, Elizabeth “Lisette” Prince, Diana and Jerry Slocum, Gladys V. Szapary, Paul L. Szapary, Gladys Roberts Thomas, William Vareika

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