Activists, concerned citizens, history lovers and preservationists will host a “Breakers Visitor Center Protest” on Saturday at noon.
Writer, lecturer, historian, and activist Michael Henry Adams will lead the protest, which is an effort labeled, “NYC Preservationists Renew Protest Against Preservation Society’s Plan to Destroy The Breakers Grounds.”
“The Breakers was carefully designed and is an important symbol of our country’s Gilded Age. Our group knows that this property is a unique landmark and we’re raising our voices to keep it intact,” said Adams in a news release. “This is not just a Newport issue. We’re joining preservation experts and people from across the country who have voiced their opposition to this destructive visitor center plan.”
Joined by other preservation professionals and concerned citizens, Adams will lead a demonstration to raise public awareness, the news release says protestors will be available for discussion and will distribute materials outlining their concerns.
The Preservation Society of Newport County broke ground on construction of a welcome center at The Breakers on Thursday, May 18th. Behan Bros. of Newport has been selected as the prime contractor for the project, construction is expected to take one year to complete. The design of the welcome center provides for indoor ticketing, expanded modern comfort facilities, and refreshment service.