The Preservation Society of Newport County supports the Newport Restoration Foundation's new plan for Queen Anne Square. We believe it is a thoughtful, sensitive approach to reinvigorating a public square that was originally created less than 40 years ago under the leadership of Doris Duke.
The creation of the park in the 1970s is itself a part of Newport's history. Many Newporters will remember Egan's and Walsh Brothers standing on that site. In fact, buildings have stood on this spot since Colonial times. The proposal for the new park pays homage to the site's past with several stone foundations which will recall the historic buildings that once existed in the area.
Doris Duke had a vision for the space, to make it a focal point in downtown Newport.
The new park design reinforces that vision, with improved lighting, better sight lines, and the creation of much more welcoming spaces for the public to sit, relax and reflect.
That it is a design by Maya Lin will make it all the more attractive to visitors.
Newport's legacy ofpreservation is what makes it such a special place; but we can't just put the city under a bell jar. This proposed gift honors our city's preservation legacy.
We urge the City Council to accept this gift.
CEO & Executive Director
The Preservation Society of Newport County
The above was submitted to the City Council, and appears on their Nov. 9 docket.