Originally designed by Peabody & Stearns Architects in 1887 and later altered by John Russell Pope and Horace Trumbauer, Rough Point is an expansive red sandstone and granite structure at the southern end of Newport, Rhode Island’s Cliff Walk. A unique example of the Gilded Age mansions that populate the Newport coastline, Rough Point was the summer residence of Doris Duke until the 1990s. In 2019, the Newport Restoration Foundation hired DBVW Architects to perform a detailed assessment of the Rough Point building envelope, which had longstanding infiltration issues. Currently, DBVW is overseeing the replacement of Rough Point’s complicated slate and copper roofs and the first phase of a comprehensive exterior masonry restoration. In addition, DBVW is creating a Strategic Stewardship Plan (SSP) aimed at defining and protecting Rough Point’s unique and significant architectural identity.
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