Preservation Advocacy & Policy
While our organization is renowned for its stewardship of the Newport Mansions—and proudly so—preservation advocacy and policy have been at the very core of the Preservation Society's mission since the organization was founded in 1945.
At that time the local historic zoning ordinance had not been adopted and fellow organizations like the Newport Restoration Foundation, State Historic Preservation Office, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation did not yet exist. The Preservation Society emerged as the predominant watchdog of Newport’s architectural heritage. Katherine Warren and the Society’s other visionary founders took it upon themselves to not only advocate for individual structures but also for citywide preservation and, in doing so, they helped shape the future of preservation in Newport.
Today, the Preservation Society remains committed to advocacy as a means of protecting and enhancing quality of life by promoting the preservation of architecture, landscapes, and scenic character of Newport County. To find out more, check out our recent efforts and projects currently underway.
Preservation, Architecture, Landscape and Planning
Scenic Conservation and Environmental Resources
Legislative, Civic and Political Engagement
Areas of key concern include: