St. John's Church

The annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards, a joint program of the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport, encourages excellence in historic preservation by recognizing exemplary preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation projects as well as education and advocacy initiatives that have taken place throughout Aquidneck Island.

Newport Restoration Foundation is calling upon the local community to nominate projects completed within the last three years that have truly enriched and added value to the character of the community through preservation. The winners will be acknowledged at an awards event on Friday, September 9, 2022 (details of the event are pending).

This year’s deadline for nominations is June 1, 2022.

Award Criteria

·        Eligible recipients are individuals; non-profit or for-profit organizations; and federal, state, or local agencies.

·        A wide variety of nominations are encouraged, from small buildings to large, major rehabilitations to minor restorations, landscapes or streetscapes, and education or advocacy initiatives.

·        All work related to the project or initiative must have been completed within the last three (3) years.

·        Nominations are welcome from Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth.

·        Properties that are currently (or anticipated to be) listed for sale will not be considered.

·        Up to three (3) awards are made annually. The Nomination Review Committee reserves the right to designate additional awardees under extraordinary circumstances.

Nomination Process

Further information about the nomination process, including a listing of the information that must be provided in conjunction with a nomination, can be found at newportrestoration.org/DDPA or by emailing Alyssa Lozupone, NRF’s Director of Preservation, at alyssa@newportrestoration.org.

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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