Newport Summers During the Interwar Years

In this three-part series, historians Paul F. Miller and Charles J. Burns will give illustrated lectures on the architecture, interiors and social history of select Newport estates representative of summer life in the city during the Interwar Years.



Wednesday, July 12: Chetwode a visit with the Astors

Wednesday, July 19: The Waves, from Popes to Hartfords

Wednesday, August 2: The Architect’s Portfolio: Jazz Age Cottages


The Lecturers 

Paul F. Miller has been Curator of The Preservation Society of Newport County since 1995. A graduate of The John Hopkins University and a former Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, his specialty is the field of Gilded Age architectural interiors. In addition to multiple restoration projects in Newport, recently exhibited at the Redwood in 2014: “Portraits of Interiors … Interior Illustrators in Newport Collections." His recent publications include: “Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Arbiter Elegantiarum” in the Journal of the History of Collecting, Oxford University Press (2015) and “Handelar’s Black Choir” in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal.

Charles J. Burns, currently with the Newport Restoration Foundation, served as the Associate Curator of the Preservation Society for over twenty years from 1989-2015. He holds MAs from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. The author of numerous articles on Newport decorative arts and social history, he teaches an annual class on Newport’s architecture, decorative arts and history at Sotheby’s Education in New York. He also lectures widely, most recently, on the collections and life of Miss Doris Duke.  Having conducted considerable primary research on the subject of social life during the interwar years, this summer he is delighted to serve as a guest curator for the exhibition Redefining Style:  Newport 1920-1940.


The summer lecture series is generously sponsored by Marianne Wolfensberger-Jarzombek.

Tickets are $25 per lecture, or $60 for the series. Wine and cheese will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture 6:00 p.m.

This lecture series is generously sponsored by Marianne Wolfensberger-Jarzombek.