Urban Renewal
Historic Preservation

Two movements dedicated to addressing decay of the old and development of the new came to call on Washington Square: historic preservation and urban renewal. Both had the same objective in mind, to save Newport. Both had different visions for what it meant to rescue the city and how it would be implemented. 

(VM013_GF4759, Rhode Island Photograph Collection, Providence Public Library)

This project is made possible by the generous support of Elizabeth "Lisette" Prince and the Buchanan Burnham Endowment for Visiting Scholars.  All images are from the collections of the Newport Historical Society unless otherwise noted.