2018 Tours

Friday, October 12

Attendees will have a choice of participating in one walking or site tour using the Tour Selection Form. Shuttles to and from the tour locations will be provided. Sturdy, comfortable footwear is recommended. Options are still being confirmed, however the following are being scheduled.

1) Newport Historical Society – Learn about the Newport Historical Society’s comprehensive renovation of its building and transformation from an antiquated repository to modern resource center on a behind the scenes tour of the Society’s Resource Center, including updated collections storage and research spaces.

2) Newport Opera House –Tour the 150 year old Opera House Theater located in Newport historic town center – Washington Square. The Opera House is currently in a state of reconstruction and preservation as it is transformed into a 21st century Performing Arts Center. Explore layers of history exposed in the process of de-construction which reveal touchpoints into the architectural, social and cultural history of this landmark theater and business in the Square.

3) Queen Anne Square – Tour Queen Anne Square – one of Newport’s most creative and controversial examples of adaptive reuse. Roger Mandle will discuss the design rationale, its connection to the history of the space, and the decision to work with Maya Lin.

4) Antone Academic Center- Ochre Court/Wetmore Stables – Gilded-Age stables are not typical spaces for university teaching and learning. See how these ornate buildings constructed for horses and automobiles have been transformed into a 21st-century center for studio arts, humanities, and our own Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program.

5) Colonial Streetscape Tour – Newport’s charming historic streetscapes look the way they do for a reason, and this tour tells the story of 20th century preservation efforts in Newport, while winding through the Upper Thames and Point neighborhoods. Special attention will be paid to the Newport Restoration Foundation’s collection of 18th century homes and their tenant-steward program, and the tour will stop inside one of these unique properties.