Lila Delman Real Estate, Newport Casino Theater and The Breakers Gates Honored by Preserve Rhode Island

Mohamad Farzan with friend & David Odeh

Newport, Rhode Island  is a living architectural museum, with more extant 18th and 19th century houses than any city except London. At the recent Preserve Rhode Island awards in Newport , three Newport restorations received the coveted Rhody Awards: Lila Delman Real Estate, a double "Rhody" for the restoration of the firm’s professional office buildings in both Narragansett and Newport, the restoration of the Stanford White Theater at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and the restoration of the glorious gates of The Breakers mansion.


Paul Weber, Kim Doherty & Ross Cann

Originally the “Reading Room” for gentleman visitors, the Lila Delman headquarters in Narragansett has been carefully restored to its Victorian appearance, with upgrades to the electrical and plumbing systems to make it a functioning office building. Original details and artifacts collected by Lila Delman herself adorn the new offices, enhancing its period detail. Located next to the imposing Coast Guard Tower, the structure was added onto many times, the additions were re-formed, and the porches redesigned to contain two office “wings.”


Lilly Dick, Edwards Sanderson & friend

Dating from the Gilded Age, when the town attracted nationally known architects McKim, Mead & White, and socially prominent visitors from New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. "The Reading Room" was where gentlemen sought refuge from wives and families to read and smoke their cigars and pipes in the company of other gentlemen. John Hodnett of Lila Delman describes the building at 41 Ocean Road as "the original Internet café."


Preservationists with Pieter Roos

The landmark building at 3 Memorial Boulevard in Newport began life as a residence fitted with a small business, then became one of the popular taverns in town until it was purchased by Lila Delman Real Estate for a complete rehabilitation in 2005. From rowdy red and black, the interiors are now bright, spacious and architecturally correct, with soaring spaces and original wood details carefully restored. For this effort, Lila Delman Real Estate received the 2007 Doris Duke Historic Preservation Award from the Newport Restoration Foundation.


John Hodnett & Melanie Delman received Rhody awards from

Edward Sanderson

The historic Casino Theater, designed by architect Stanford White, principal of McKim, Mead & White  and host to famous actors and celebrities such as Lillian Gish, Dagmar, Olivia de Havilland, Oscar Wilde, Basil Rathbone, Shelley Winters, and Will Rogers. Accepting the award were Chairman of the Restoration effort Linda Gordon, Mark Stenning of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Sister Jane Gerety, President of Salve Regina University, which will supervise the Theater and use it for productions. For a history of the theater. go to open house at casino theatre


The restoration of the massive gates of The Breakers garnered a Rhody for The Preservation Society of Newport Country.  Accepting the award were Trudy Coxe and . Congratulations all around were given at a pre-ceremony cocktail party held in the horseshoe veranda of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

                                                                         -- L.P.





Edward Sanderson, Senator Teresa Paiva Weed, and

Rhody Award recipients on stage



Linda Gordon, Sister Jane Gerety & Mark Stenning display

Rhody awards for the casino Theater

A silent auction table at the cocktail party

"Ladies of Lila" Jeni Pardo deZela, Cynthia Moretti &

Laura Fauntleroy

The crowd at the International Tennis Hall of Fame Party

John Rodman & Lucy Kinsley

Kayla Olivera & Aisha Stewart,Two young, chic  ladies hard at work

selling raffle tickets



Raising funds for Blackstone National Park


Geer Messinger with Jeremy Sherer & Mrs. Sherer


Architect Nancy Leslie with Rhody recipient Melanie Delman


Melanie Delman, Jeremy Sherer, & Nancy Leslie


Ronald Dick & Robert Beaver


Paul Weber with Captain Nicholas Brown


Restored seat in the Stanford White Casino Theater


The theater interior with original elements


Audience awaiting the ceremony


Valerie Talmage of Preserve Rhode Island making introductory



A Rhode Island red!



Honoring a private home in Providence


A visual of The Breakers Gates restoration


Accepting for the Preservation Society, Curt Genga & principals


Melanie Delman & Jill McGuire at the celebration party

in Narragansett


Maria Mieschnig, Nancy Leslie, and Connie O'Connor, of Preserve

Rhode Island


Cathy Sousa, Mary Brady & Robin Nicholson


Melanie Delman, Jeremy Sherer & Geer Messinger on

the 2nd floor landing of 41 Ocean Road, Narragansett


Nick Donadio & daughter Danielle loved the restoration


Mohamad & Dorienne Farzan with Jeremy Sherer


Hostess Melanie with John & Emily Miller


John Hodnett, Melanie Delman, John & Emily Miller


Mr. & Mrs. Youngken, of Youngken Associates



The Tower room in the award-winning restoration


Debbie & John Wilson


A stunning bathroom with historic roofline intrigues

Pawler, Dr William & Geri Garrahan


Discussing the restoration with Jeni Pardo deZela


Debbie Wilson congratulates John Hodnett, Lila Delman principal


Pam Hodnett & Dan Harding are happy!


Here's what they did...


Sheila Harrington, Chris Rhodes & Janet Kermes


A late 19th century photo of Narragansett Pier


A spectacular fire at Narragansett Pier


Laura & Kyle Fauntleroy


Josh & Cindy Tevereaux, Bob Taylor, John Hodnett


The main entry hall


Pam Hodnett in front of an antique screen, purchased by

Lila Delman, company founder


Susan Cicilline Bonnano, Town Clerk & Grady Miller, Town Manager,

highly approve of the restoration


Heather Kelley, Teal Porter, Kara Churas & Penny Taylor


John Hodnett, Cathy Andreozzi & Catherine Wilson

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