Newport Symposium Draws Distinguished international Guests & Speakers

The annual Newport Symposium, an august gathering of scholars, historians, architects, designers, authors and managers of historic properties, this year was entitled "Great Places". The Symposium, sponsored by The Preservation Society of Newport County,  comprised three days of lectures, tours of historic buildings in Newport, our very own "Great Place," and various receptions, with a dinner at The Breakers on the concluding evening.


Mornings began with coffee,  pastries and  lectures at The Hotel Viking, where a wide array of design and architecture books and author book signings were held. Afternoon sessions were held in various Preservation Society locations, with experts speaking on Newport's treasure houses, as well.


Lady Shaw Stewart, Princess Marie-Sol deLa Tour d'Auvergne, Giles Waterfield, Dr. Sarah Lawrence, David Adshead, and John P. Stern and others delivered an array of fascinating topics and images. Lady Shaw Stewart spoke on Dumfries House in Renfrewshire Scotland, saved in 2007 by the Prince of Wales from a sale and dispersal of its contents, and later charmed guests at the dinner.


John Hays & George H. McNeely IV at The Elms

NewportSeen attended a lively lecture by George H. McNeely IV  and John Hays of Christie's on the Cadwalader furniture of Philadelphia, the collections and commissions of General John Cadwalader. A descendant of the Cadwalader family, Mr. McNeely was joined by Sandra Cadwalader, in from Philadelphia for the Symposium.  Newport Seen was rapt, as the dispersal of paintings, furniture and objects d'art from the family collections went as far from the then-colonies as England. In the audience were Les Ballard, Mary Riggs,  author Pauline Metcalf, Diana Bitting, Diane Brown, and Bill Vareika. Dr. James Reibel was in from Greenwich Connecticut.


A reception for attendees was held at Ronald Lee Fleming's Berkeley House, where we caught up with young scholar Crawford Alex Mann from The Rhode Island School of Design. The cocktail talk was about the sessions : Carolle Thibault-Pomerantz, Bill Rives, Lydia C. Kimball, Alexandra Kirtley, Lady Shaw Stewart, Meg Lilly, Suzanne Lammers and  Sandra Ourosoff, Ivan Colon of the Preservation Society, Ann and Jeff Gonya of the National Trust Insurance Services enjoyed the completed garden Allee, and Mr. Fleming was a special host.


Princess Marie-sol de la Tour d'Auvergne, Host Ronald Lee Fleming

& Ljiljana Milosavljevic at the reception


The dinner at The Breakers was a gathering of experts, authors and participants. Angela Brown Fischer and Betsy Ray of the Symposium committee were there, as was and Donald Ross, Chairman of the Board,  and CEO of the Preservation Society Trudy Coxe.  The final morning
was the interesting lecture on Stourhead: A River Runs Through It, by David Adshead, Head Curator and Architectural Historian, on a New England landscape laid out between 1741 and 1780.





Author/historian Pauline Metcalf & Mary Riggs



Mr. McNeely chatting with Dr. James Reibel

After the lecture, ruminations by Mr. Hays, Mr. McNeely, and

Dr. & Mrs. James Reibel



Young Scholar Crawford A. Mann from RISD


The exquisite garden gazebo at Berkeley House


Ivan Colon, Jeff & Ann Gonya, and Brian Phoebus


The newly-installed garden allee


Perusing books at Berkeley House


Sandra Ourosoff & Ljiljana Milosavljevic


Ronald Lee Fleming, Donald Ross & David Ford


Carolle Thibault-Pomerantz, Trudy Coxe & Sandra Ourosoff at

The Breakers dinner


Angela Brown Fischer with guest at dinner


Lydia C Kimball of Christie's & Meg Lilly


Alexandra Kirtley, Lady Shaw Stewart & Suzanne

Lammers at The Breakers


Discussing the day's lectures before dinner


Mary van Pelt and Betsy Ray comparing impressions


Dr. James Reibel, Melissa Gagen,  Walter Patton & Mr. McNeely


Dr. Reibel, Johnny Richmond & Les Ballard


Peter Talbot, Noelle & Scott Shiland & Jim Hunnewell


Preservation Society Curator Paul Miller


The stage at The Hotel Viking


Book signing for The Age of Comfort


Book signing table for The Austin House


An array of excellent reading


Eugene R. Gaddis, author of The Austin House


Captain Nicholas Brown texting between sessions

The Cadwalader Furniture


A portrait from the Cadwalader collection


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