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Guide to the Doris Duke Papers on the Rough Point Residence, 1922-1997

Abstract

Rough Point was purchased by James B. Duke in 1922. When Duke passed away in 1925, he left the home to his 12-year-old daughter Doris, subject to Mrs. (Nanaline) Duke's life interest. Although Nanaline Duke continued to spend her summers at Rough Point, in the early 1950s she took up permanent residence in New York City and emptied Rough Point of all its furnishings. It was around this time that Doris Duke once again became a frequent visitor to Newport and turned her attention to renovating and refurnishing the family estate. Upon her death in 1993, Miss Duke bequeathed the estate to the Newport Restoration Foundation with the directive that it be opened to the public as a museum.

The collection primarily documents the expenses and daily operations of running, renovating, and maintaining the Rough Point estate, and includes invoices and receipts for repairs and renovations to the residence, correspondence and memoranda relating to routine matters of the residence, expenses, inventories of furniture, fixtures, and other household items, and several appraisals of the residence and its household effects. A majority of the architectural records detail alterations and additions to the Rough Point residence as designed by the Horace Trumbauer firm.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Duke, Doris, 1912-1993
Title
Doris Duke papers on the Rough Point residence 1922-1997
Language of Material
English
Extent
7.8 Linear Feet, approximately 2,400 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Doris Duke Papers on the Rough Point Residence (formerly RP.4) are part of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives which were donated to the Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The collection is arranged into two series: Administrative Records and Architectural Records. It spans the years 1922 to 1997, beginning with invoices and vouchers of furnishings, paintings, and rugs purchased for Rough Point by James Buchanan (J.B.) and Nanaline Duke, and ending with maintenance and general upkeep of the estate after Doris Duke's death in 1993. The collection primarily documents the expenses and daily operations of running, renovating, and maintaining the Rough Point estate, and includes invoices and receipts for repairs and renovations to the residence, correspondence and memoranda relating to routine matters of the residence, expenses, inventories of furniture, fixtures, and other household items, and several appraisals of the residence and its household effects. A majority of the architectural records detail alterations and additions to the Rough Point residence as designed by the Horace Trumbauer firm. The materials in this collection are arranged loosely in chronological order.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Materials in this series include correspondence dating from the 1950s inquiring about Doris Duke's plans for the estate. These letters, addressed to both to Doris Duke and S.L. Hawkins, include suggestions for donating the estate for a Greek orphanage and school, an Episcopalian Girls' School, and a hotel. Also included are documents related to Miss Duke's attempts to lease or rent Rough Point for the long term. The series also consists of appraisals of the estate after Hurricanes Carol and Edna in 1954, invoices for repairs to the interior and exterior of Rough Point, invoices for the purchase and repair of furniture, which includes fabric samples, invoices and vouchers for the purchase and repair of art objects, inventory books documenting the contents of each room of the estate (including color and black and white photographs), and memoranda and newspaper clippings regarding the Cliff Walk at Rough Point.

RESTRICTED: Access to some folders in Box 1 are restricted and require prior written approval from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to view.

Measurements for rooms at Rough Point. undated
Box 1 Folder 1
Memoranda and newspaper clippings regarding the Cliff Walk at Rough Point. 1928, c. 1992
Box 1 Folder 2
Correspondence and memoranda relating to Doris Duke’s sale of real estate on Lakeview Ave., Newport, R.I., for $15,000 and appraisal in connection with Newport storm loss affecting Rough Point (1954). 1954–1962
Box 1 Folder 3
Correspondence relating to property bids on Doris Duke’s Lakeview property and interest in renting Rough Point to Mrs. George Emerson. 1954–1962
Box 1 Folder 4
Correspondence and memoranda relating to a variety of day-to-day activities at Rough Point including the rental of the Duke cabana at the spouting Rock Beach Association, appraisal of select personal property (1955) and donation of furniture to St. Georges School. 1955–1959
Box 1 Folder 5
Memoranda and notes regarding installation of draperies and related hardware at Rough Point. Includes estimates and invoices for this work. 1960, 1982–1984 (bulk dates 1983-1984)
Box 1 Folder 6
Correspondence and related materials concerning Doris Duke’s erection of 6 ft. tall chain link fences on Cliff Walk. File includes newspaper clippings and discussion by town council. 1961–1970
Box 1 Folder 7
Memoranda and related materials concerning public access on the Cliff Walk which traverses Doris Duke’s property and other matters. 1962–1964
Box 1 Folder 8
Correspondence, memoranda, and related materials documenting day-to-day activities at Rough Point. 1962–1966
Box 1 Folder 9
Memoranda explaining the charges to Ben Reed for the fumigation of Rough Point. December 1970
Box 1 Folder 10
Correspondence regarding repairs to roofing, flashing, and masonry work completed at Rough Point by the National Contracting Company. August 25, 1971
Box 1 Folder 11
Memoranda regarding maintenance and repairs at Rough Point. 1974–1975, 1977, 1980, 1982
Box 1 Folder 12
Instructions for using adhesive backings used on fragile textiles. Includes some of these backings. 1978
Box 1 Folder 13
Memorandum from Jenny at Rough Point to Chandi Heffner regarding an employee at Rough Point, circa 1980s
Box 1 Folder 14
Correspondence sent to various recipients informing them that Miss Duke was traveling frequently and would be unable to meet with them. 1980
Box 1 Folder 15
Letter from John Nutt to Doris Duke apologizing for the way he spoke to her. August 23, 1986
Box 1 Folder 16
Memoranda and manuals regarding the repair to the heating system at Rough Point. 1986
Box 1 Folder 17
Memoranda regarding the need for photographs of various items at Rough Point for the RP Inventory Books. October 18, 1988
Box 1 Folder 18
Memoranda from the DBO regarding insurance claims for Rough Point dogs Kimo, Chairman Mou, and Starbuck. 1988, 1993–1995
Box 1 Folder 19
Memoranda regarding grooming of Rough Point dogs. 1989–1991
Box 1 Folder 20
Memoranda regarding repair work done to the Swimming Pool at Rough Point by the architectural designer Steven Laurin. 1991
Box 1 Folder 21
Memoranda, specifications, and invoice pertaining to the Swimming Pool at Rough Point. 1991
Box 1 Folder 22
Memoranda and correspondence with the Coastal Resources Management Council, Wake Field, R.I., including an amended Permit for repair work along the Cliff Walk at Rough Point. 1992
Box 1 Folder 23
Memoranda and notes from the DBO inquiring about obtaining a copy of the plot plan of the Rough Point residence. 1992
Box 1 Folder 24
Memoranda from Phil Mello to Bernard Lafferty and the Duke Business Office regarding work repairs done at Rough Point. 1993–January 1994
Box 1 Folder 25
Memoranda and notes from the Newport Animal Hospital regarding care for the Rough Point dogs. 1993, 1995
Box 1 Folder 26
Memoranda, faxes, and newspaper clippings sent from the DBO to Phil Mello regarding Bernard Lafferty and the settlement of the Estate of Doris Duke. 1994
Box 2 Folder 1
Memoranda from Phil Mello to Bernard Lafferty regarding the repair of the Ballroom wallpaper at Rough Point. 1994
Box 2 Folder 2
Memoranda, faxes, and newspaper clippings sent from the Duke Business Office to Phil Mello regarding Bernard Lafferty and the Estate of Doris Duke. 1995
Box 2 Folder 3
Memoranda from the Duke Business Office from Patrick Lerch to Phil Mello at Rough Point regarding communication with fellow employees as well as public relations with the press and legal counsel. 1996
Box 2 Folder 4
Rough Point stationary. c. 1997
Box 2 Folder 5
Invoices and vouchers of purchases of furnishings, paintings, and rugs for Rough Point. 1922–1925, 1946
Box 2 Folder 6
Invoices for furniture purchased for Rough Point. 1941, 1978
Box 2 Folder 7
Invoices for three Steinway pianos for Rough Point. April 1953
Box 2 Folder 8
Invoices for purchase and repairing of chandeliers at Rough Point. 1954, 1959, 1982
Box 2 Folder 9
Invoices for repairs made to carpets and rugs at Rough Point. 1955–1990 (bulk dates 1980-1984)
Box 2 Folder 10
Invoices for roofing and chimney repairs made at Rough Point. 1956–1960, 1968, 1970, 1977, 1981–1982
Box 2 Folder 11
Invoices for paintings, portraits, and frames at Rough Point. Includes invoices for restoration work performed on the Hoppner portrait of “Lady Charles Fitzroy” and the Duc D’Alencon’s “Francois Clovet.” 1956, 1963, 1965, 1969, 1971–1972, 1983–1984
Box 2 Folder 12
Invoices for purchasing and repairing windows at Rough Point. Includes waterproofing repairs made to Rough Point. 1957, 1961, 1966–1968, 1971–1981
Box 2 Folder 13
Invoices for carpentry and construction work at Rough Point. 1957, 1960–1962, 1964, 1966, 1971–1972, 1981–1982
Box 2 Folder 14
Invoices for installation of a fence at Rough Point. 1957, 1960–1964, 1969–1972, 1980–1983
Box 2 Folder 15
Invoices for construction repairs, electrical work, plumbing, heating, and refrigeration work performed at Rough Point. 1957–1960, 1966, 1971, 1975, 1981, 1983–1984, 1986
Box 2 Folder 16
Invoices for plumbing, heating, and masonry repairs made at Rough Point. 1957, 1962, 1969, 1974–1979, 1980–1984, 1988
Box 3 Folder 1
Invoices for repairs performed on lamps, lanterns, and torcheres at Rough Point. 1959. 1971, 1982, 1984
Box 3 Folder 2
Invoices for a Vulcan stove purchased by Doris Duke. Also includes invoices for repair work performed on the shutters at Rough Point. Repair work authorized by Mrs. J.B. Duke. 1960, 1966, 1981
Box 3 Folder 3
Invoice for tile work conducted in the Kitchen at Rough Point. 1961
Box 3 Folder 4
Invoices for tables at Rough Point. Includes purchase of Jardinière Ming Turquoise table with Teak stand, and Early 19th c. table, and TV tables. 1961, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1981
Box 3 Folder 5
Invoices for hanging of drapes at Rough Point. Includes freight shipment receipts for the shipment of rugs and tapestries to Rough Point. 1961, 1969, 1973, 1981–1984
Box 3 Folder 6
Invoices for repairs done on a quilt at Rough Point. 1963, 1984
Box 3 Folder 7
Invoices for an iron, sewing machine, and vacuum cleaner from Rough Point. 1964, 1966, 1972, 1983
Box 3 Folder 8
Invoices for lawn maintenance at Rough Point. 1964, 1966, 1972, 1981, 1983
Box 3 Folder 9
Invoices and memos regarding repairs and installation of a new boiler at Rough Point. 1966, 1979, 1987
Box 3 Folder 10
Invoices for electrical repair work performed at Rough Point. 1968–1969, 1971–1973, 1981–1984
Box 3 Folder 11
Invoices for chairs, benches, and sofas located at Rough Point. 1969, 1971, 1973
Box 3 Folder 12
Invoices and memoranda regarding the restoration of tapestries at Rough Point. 1970–1971
Box 3 Folder 13
Invoices for repair work on windows, doors, and ceilings at Rough Point. 1971–1972
Box 3 Folder 14
Invoices for repair work performed at Rough Point. Includes some repairs done at Duke Farms as well. 1972
Box 3 Folder 15
Invoices for furniture reupholstery work performed on chaise lounges, cushions, and curtains at Rough Point. Work repairs authorized by Leon Amar and Doris Duke. 1972, 1977, 1980, 1983–1984
Box 3 Folder 16
Invoices, with fabric samples, for upholstery on furnishings at Rough Point. Some purchased by LADD Interiors. 1973–1979 (1 of 3)
Box 3 Folder 17
Invoices, with fabric samples, for upholstery on furnishings at Rough Point. Some purchased by LADD Interiors. 1973–1979 (2 of 3)
Box 3 Folder 18
Invoices, with fabric samples, for upholstery on furnishings at Rough Point. Some purchased by LADD Interiors. 1973–1979 (3 of 3)
Box 4 Folder 1
Invoices for repairs to the sewer system at Rough Point. Also includes invoices for paint for Miss Duke’s Bedroom and other rooms at Rough Point. 1973, 1986
Box 4 Folder 2
Invoices for brushes, powdered polish, and canvas chests, which were used to conduct repair work on silver, porcelain, and furniture at Rough Point. 1975–1976
Box 4 Folder 3
Invoices for purchases made from LADD Interiors. 1975–1980
Box 4 Folder 4
Tax bills for Rough Point. 1977–1984
Box 4 Folder 5
Invoices for repairs made on tapestries at Rough Point. 1978–1983
Box 4 Folder 6
Invoice and memoranda for the repair of a 19th century Chinese bird painting. Includes photos. 1980–1981
Box 4 Folder 7
Receipt for paint for the 3rd Floor Apartment at Rough Point. 1983
Box 4 Folder 8
Invoices for repairs performed on a truck at Rough Point. 1983–1984
Box 4 Folder 9
Invoices for repairs performed on vehicles at Rough Point. 1984
Box 4 Folder 10
Invoices from and payments made to Richard Caldwell for bookbinding repair work. 1986–1988
Box 4 Folder 11
Invoices for and payments made to Christopher Foster Glassworks for repairs made to stained glass windows at Rough Point. 1987
Box 4 Folder 12
Invoices for fence repairs at Rough Point. 1987
Box 4 Folder 13
Invoices for painting restoration work performed by H.R. Finn Gallery. 1987
Box 4 Folder 14
Invoices from and payments made to Baker Golf Cars for repairs performed on golf cars from the Rough Point estate. 1987
Box 4 Folder 15
Invoices from and payments made to Charles Von Nostitz for conservation repairs made to paintings at Rough Point. 1987
Box 4 Folder 16
Invoices from and payments made to H.R. Finn Gallery for conservation repairs made to watercolors at Rough Point. 1987
Box 4 Folder 17
Invoices, proposal, and memo regarding the installation of a security system at Rough Point. 1987
Box 4 Folder 18
Estimate for new slipcovers on sofas and chairs in the Salon and Sun Room at Rough Point. Includes a fabric sample. September 2, 1988
Box 4 Folder 19
Invoices for preservation work performed by Costikiyan on carpets at Rough Point. 1989
Box 4 Folder 20
Invoice for lighting repair work performed by Times Square Lighting at Rough Point. 1991
Box 4 Folder 21
Proposal and memoranda for the installation of a new oil burner at Rough Point. 1960
Box 5 Folder 1
Inventory of chairs at Rough Point. undated
Box 5 Folder 2
Appraisal of furnishings and contents located at Rough Point at the time of J.B. Duke’s death. December 2, 1925
Box 5 Folder 3
List of items shipped from Rough Point to Porfirio Rubirosa in Paris. August 1948–September 1948
Box 5 Folder 4
Inventory of furniture left at Rough Point for auction. 1954
Box 5 Folder 5
Inventory and invoices for furniture and rug purchases. Includes invoices for purchases made at Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. Also includes purchase of a Bible for Miss Duke, noted as “personal” on the invoice (March 14, 1974). 1954–1984
Box 5 Folder 6
Inventory sheets, notes, and invoices for purchases and repairs of items at Rough Point. Included in these sheets are invoices for a bust, tapestry repair, and services rendered for securing stained-glass items. 1954, 1968, 1971, 1993
Box 5 Folder 7
Inventory cards for silver and fine art at Rough Point. c. 1958, 1971, 1982
Box 5 Folder 8
List of vendors who performed work at Rough Point and the costs for these jobs. May 17, 1971
Box 5 Folder 9
Memoranda relating to the use of “in-out checklists” at Rough Point to inventory items and their move within the house as well as to other Doris Duke homes. 1971, 1976, 1988–1989
Box 5 Folder 10
Inventories of objects at Rough Point as well as lawn equipment at RP. File includes related memoranda. 1972–1983
Box 5 Folder 11
Appraisal for Oriental and European rugs at Rough Point, conducted by John H.Kazanjian. April 1974–October 1974
Box 5 Folder 12
Appraisal reports completed by J.A. Lloyd Hyde for furniture, home furnishings, paintings, and tapestries at Rough Point. 1974–1975
Box 5 Folder 13
Inventory of lamps and tables at Rough Point. 1977, 1981, 1984
Box 5 Folder 14
Inventory cards for the silver collection at Rough Point. c. 1978
Box 6 Folder 1
Surveys and repairs of tables at Rough Point and Duke Farms by Phil Mello. 1978–1982
Box 6 Folder 2
Includes weekly reports and time sheets from Betsy Ray and Judy Boss, Estate Managers of Rough Point. Also includes evaluation and estimates for repairs to wall at Rough Point, 1979–1981
Box 6 Folder 3
Christie’s catalog record for a George II walnut and gilt mirror. c. 1980s
Box 6 Folder 4
Inventory cards and related materials concerning objects at Rough Point. 1980, 1989
Box 6 Folder 5
Weekly work report from Judy Boss. February 1981–April 1981
Box 6 Folder 6
Weekly reports from John Nutt, Rough Point. Includes Duke Farms memoranda about gassing vehicles. 1981
Box 6 Folder 7
Maintenance report from Phil Mello. November 29, 1984
Box 6 Folder 8
Inventory, In/Out sheets that note physical location of various furniture in and out of Rough Point. 1988–1989
Box 6 Folder 9
Inventories of Shangri La, Rough Point, and Falcon Lair. Includes 1988–1989 inventory of the silver in the Butler’s Pantry at Rough Point. 1988–1989, 1991
Box 6 Folder 10
Inventory of carpets, rugs, and furniture at Rough Point. Includes invoices for repair work done to some of these items by Costikiyan. 1989
Box 6 Folder 11
Weekly work reports from Phil Mello to U.S. Trust Co. with an additional copy sent to Marianne Bowles of the DBO. 1993
Box 6 Folder 12
Weekly report from Phil Mello to Bernard Lafferty. May 27, 1994
Box 6 Folder 13
Weekly work reports from Phil Mello to U.S. Trust Co. with an additional copy sent to Marianne Bowles of the DBO. 1994
Box 6 Folder 14
Correspondence related to Cliff Walk bridge and pool at Rough Point, 1991-1992
Box 7 Folder 1
Invoices of Rough Point Pool Project, 1991
Box 7 Folder 2
Weekly work reports from Phil Mello to U.S. Trust Co. with an additional copy sent to Marianne Bowles of the DBO. 1995
Box 7 Folder 3
Inventory sheets for items at Rough Point. Includes Black Books, items belonging to Walker P. Inman, Jr. and Bernard Lafferty. 1995–1998
Box 7 Folder 4
Weekly work reports from Phil Mello to U.S. Trust Co. with an additional copy sent to Marianne Bowles of the DBO. 1998
Box 7 Folder 5
Articles regarding craftsmanship and bathroom fixture repair. 1978, 1980
Box 7 Folder 6
Rough Point Restoration Proposal, Universal Restoration, 1970
Box 7 Folder 7
Newport – Inventory of Furniture and Equipment. 1922–1924
Box 8
Rough Point Photo Inventory Book - Main Entrance, Music Room, Great Hall, Stair Hall, 1989
Box 9
Rough Point Photo Inventory Book - 2nd Floor Hallway, Ballroom, 1989
Box 9
Rough Point Photo Inventory Book - Yellow Room, Striped Bedroom, Green Room, 1989
Box 10
Rough Point Photo Inventory Book - Butler's Pantry, Silver, China, 1989
Box 10
Rough Point Photo Inventory Book - Morning Room, Miss Duke's Bedroom, 1989
Box 11
Rough Point Photo Inventory Book - Tapestry Room, Black and White Room, Red Bedroom, Pink Bedroom, 1989
Box 11
Rough Point Photo Inventory Book - Powder Room, Mens Room, Solarium, Solarium Terrace, Dining Room, Blue Bedroom, 1989
Box 12
Changes in Newport Inventory. Includes invoices for art and furnishings purchased, 1955-1979
Box 13 Folder 1
Rough Point Detail of Bills for Gas Heating, Original Costs and Subsequent Repairs and Servicing Costs, 1961-1973
Box 13 Folder 2
Invoices for painting and chandelier restoration. Includes black and white photographs, 1975
Box 13 Folder 3
Correspondence and memoranda relating to business activities at Rough Point, 1987-1993
Box 13 Folder 4
Invoices for pool project at Rough Point estate, 1991
Box 13 Folder 5
Final treatment report, "Conservation of Chinese Wallpaper, Rough Point Residence, Doris Duke Estate, Newport, RI", written by Susan Nash, 1994 Feb
Box 13 Folder 6
Rough Point, Dogs Birth Dates, undated
Box 13 Folder 7
Photograph inventory, Ballroom, 1980
Box 13 Folder 8
Photograph inventory, Ballroom, 1984
Box 13 Folder 9
Photograph inventory, Blue Room, 1980 Dec
Box 13 Folder 10
Photograph inventory, Blue Room and bath, 1984
Box 13 Folder 11
Photograph inventory, Dining Room, 1984
Box 13 Folder 12
Photograph inventory, Great Hall, 1980, 1984
Box 13 Folder 13
Photograph inventory, Green Room, 1980, 1984
Box 13 Folder 14
Photograph inventory, Ladies Room, 1980 Mar
Box 13 Folder 15
Photograph inventory, Main Entrance, 1980
Box 13 Folder 16
Photograph inventory, 1969, 1980
Box 13 Folder 17
Photograph inventory, Miss Duke's Room and Bath, 1980, 1984
Box 13 Folder 18
Photograph inventory, Morning Room, 1980 Apr
Box 13 Folder 19
Photograph inventory, Morning Room (A), 1984
Box 13 Folder 20
Photograph inventory, Morning Room (B), 1984
Box 14 Folder 1
Photograph inventory, Music Room, 1960
Box 14 Folder 2
NRF Inventory Cards, 1969-1980
Box 14 Folder 3
Photograph inventory, Pink Room-Lamp, 1969
Box 14 Folder 4
Photograph inventory, Pink Room, 1984
Box 14 Folder 5
Photograph inventory, Pink Room, 1980
Box 14 Folder 6
Photograph inventory, Pine Room, 1980 Dec
Box 14 Folder 7
Photograph inventory, 2nd Floor Hall (C), 1984
Box 14 Folder 8
Photograph inventory, 2nd Floor Hall (D), 1984
Box 14 Folder 9
Photograph inventory, 2nd Floor Hall, 1980
Box 14 Folder 10
Photograph inventory, Staircase, 1984
Box 14 Folder 11
Photograph inventory, Stairhall, 1980 Mar
Box 14 Folder 12
Photograph inventory, Stairhall, 1980 Apr
Box 14 Folder 13
Photograph inventory, Stairhall, 1984
Box 14 Folder 14
Photograph inventory, Stairhall with negatives, 1980
Box 14 Folder 15
Photograph inventory, Yellow Room, 1980 Dec
Box 14 Folder 16
Photograph inventory, Yellow Room-Leather Box Inventory Card with negatives, undated
Box 14 Folder 17
Photograph inventory, Yellow Room, 1980 Feb
Box 14 Folder 18
Photograph inventory, Yellow Room, 1984
Box 14 Folder 19
Photograph inventory, Miscellaneous Room Photos, 1974-1984
Box 14 Folder 20
Miscellaneous art and furniture labels, undated
Box 14 Folder 21
Miscellaneous photographs of furniture and cup and saucer, 1972
Box 14 Folder 22
Correspondence regarding restoration, preservation, and waterproofing of "Rough Point House" by Universal Restoration, 1970
Box 15 Folder 1
Photocopy of "Furniture and Works of Art in The Elms, Newport Residence of Miss Julia A. Berwind" to be sold by Parke-Bernet Galleries. Includes inventory cards with photographs, 1962
Box 15 Folder 2
Correspondence, memoranda, and work reports regarding Rough Point, 1991-1993
Box 15 Folder 3

Includes blueprints, diazo and vellum. A majority of the records are blueprints dating from 1923 detailing alterations and additions to the Rough Point residence as designed by the Horace Trumbauer firm. The drawings include plans,elevations, and sections of the interior of the home. Also included in the records are plans, elevations, and details of windows dating from the 1970s, presumably created for renovations to the estate.

Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke Newport, RI, Basement Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1923 Jan-Jun. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder C1D10F16
Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke Newport, RI, First Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1923 Jan-Jun. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder C1D10F16
Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke Newport, RI, Second Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1923 Jan-Jun. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder C1D10F16
Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke Newport, RI, Third Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1923 Jan-Jun. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder C1D10F16
Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke Newport, RI, Section Thru Great Hall Toward Entrance Gable, North East Elevation, South East Elevation. Horace Trumbauer, architect. [1923 Jan-Jun]. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder C1D10F16
Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke Newport, RI, North West Elevation, South West Elevation. Horace Trumbauer, architect. [1923 Jan-Jun]. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder C1D10F16
Alterations & Additions to Rough Point Residence for J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #1-Basement Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Revised 1923 Jan 11. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder C1D10F16
Alterations & Additions to Rough Point Residence for J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #2-First Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Revised 1923 Jan 11. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder C1D10F16
Alterations & Additions to Rough Point Residence for J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #3-Second Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. [Revised 1923 Jan 11]. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder C1D10F16
Alterations & Additions to Rough Point Residence for J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #4-Third Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. [Revised 1923 Jan 11]. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder C1D10F16
Alterations and Additions to "Rough Point" Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, Electric Light Layout First Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. [1923]. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP1
Alterations and Additions to "Rough Point" Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, Electric Light Layout Second Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. [1923]. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP1
Alterations and Additions to "Rough Point" Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, Electric Light Layout Third Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. [1923]. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP1
Alterations and Additions to "Rough Point" Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, Electric Light Layout Basement Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. [1923]. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP1
Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #15-Basement Windows. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1922 Oct 30. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP2
Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #30-Section on Line A.A. and Second Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. undated. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP2
Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #29-First Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. undated. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP2
Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #27-Details of Chimney and Fireplace, Old Section. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1923 Jan 7. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP2
Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #27-Details of Music and Drawing Room Fire Places. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1922 Dec 13. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP2
Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #11. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1922 Nov 1, revised 1922 Dec 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP2
Alterations and Additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #12-First Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1922 Nov 1. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP2
Entrance Gates to Driveway, Estate of J.B. Duke, Rough Point, Newport, RI. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Undated. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP2
[Preliminary Plan of Newport Residence]. Horatio Buckenham, landscape engineer. 1923 Jul 1. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP3
Proposed Alterations to "Rough Point" Residence of J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #9- Details of North East End of Music Room. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1922 Nov 27. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP3
Proposed Alterations to "Rough Point" Residence of J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #7- South-East Elevation of Music Room Wing. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1922 Nov 28. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP3
Proposed Alterations to "Rough Point" Residence of J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #8- North Western Elevation of Music Room. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1922 Oct 30. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP3
Proposed Alterations to "Rough Point" Residence of J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #9- North-East Elevation of Music Room. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1922 Oct 31. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP3
Proposed Alterations to "Rough Point" Residence of J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #10- Elevation of Windows. Horace Trumbauer, architect. undated. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP3
Alterations to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, Sheet No. 35-Plan Showing Wall Lines and Openings in Masonry. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1923 Jan 18. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP4
Alterations to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, Sheet No. 28-Plan Showing Wall Lines and Openings in Masonry. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1923 Jan 25. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP4
Alterations to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, Sheet No. 39-Plan Showing Wall Lines and Openings in Masonry. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1923. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP4
Entrance Gates to Driveway, Estate of J.B. Duke, Rough Point, Newport, RI. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Undated. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP4
Certain Land of Doris Duke Cromwell - Rough Point. Malcolm E. Barrett, professional engineer, R. C. Crisson and J. Barker. 1975 Dec 3. Vellum.
Ovsz. Folder RP5
Cliff Walk Shore Restoration & Protection - Department of the Army. S.W. Laurin. 1975 Aug 18. Vellum.
Ovsz. Folder RP5
Rough Point - Roof Plan. Universal Restorations Inc./BW. 1970 May 8. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP5
Rough Point - North Elevation, South Elevation, East Elevation. Universal Restorations Inc. 1970 May 8. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder RP5
Rough Point - Window Type 1; Windows Type 2, 3, 9, 10, 11; Windows Types 4, 8, 12, 13; Solarium Door Type 14; Section AA; Section CC; Section BB. Universal Restorations Inc. 1970 May 8. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder RP5
Rough Point - Window Types 5,6,7; Window Types A, B, C, D, and E; Window F; Window Type G (Double Door), Window Type H (Single Door). Universal Restorations Inc. 1970 May 8. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder RP5
Detail Elevation of Great Hall to Morning Room and Stair Hall. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail Elevation of Drawing Room. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail of Morning Room Ceiling. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail of Stair Hall. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail Elevation of Sitting Room. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail Elevation of Mrs. Duke's Bedroom. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail Elevation of Great Hall to Drawing Room. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail Elevation of Music Room to Drawing Room. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail of 1st Floor Stair Hall Ceiling. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail Elevation of Men's Room. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail Elevation of Morning Room to Stair Hall. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail of 2nd Floor Stair Hall. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail Elevation of Loggia to Drawing Room. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail Elevation of Dining Room. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail Elevation of Governess Room D. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP6
Detail Elevation of Daughter's Room E. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail Elevation of Guest Room A. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail Elevation of Mr. Duke's Bedroom. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail of Great Hall Ceiling. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail Elevation Guest Room C. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail Elevation of Stair Hall to Dining Room, Corridor and Entrance Hall. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail of Proposed Scheme, Mr. Duke's Bathroom. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail Elevation of Vestibule. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail of Dining Hall Ceiling. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail Elevation of Guest Room E. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail Elevation, Floor Plan, and Ceiling of Entrance Hall. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail of Loggia Floor Plan. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail of Great Hall Floor. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail Elevation of Guest Room B. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail Elevation of Ladies' Room. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Detail of 1st Floor Stair Hall Floor. White Allom & Co., interior design. 1923 Mar 29. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP7
Alteration and additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #37-Section thru new Wing. Horace Trumbauer, architect. [1923 Jan 24]. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP8
Residence of Mr. J. B. Duke, Newport, RI: Second On Line B.B. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1923 Jan 30. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP8
Alteration and additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #32-Details for Rough Openings, First Floor. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Undated. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP8
Alteration and additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #38-Plan Showing Wall Lines and Opening in Masonry. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Undated. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP8
Alteration and additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #36-Stalls. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Undated. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP8
Alteration and additions to Rough Point Residence for Mr. J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, #354-Details for Openings Second Floor. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Undated. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder RP8
Outline Planting Plan, Location of Present Entrance as Change in Drive. Undated. Blueprint with colored pencil.
Ovsz. Folder RP8
[Security System, Rough Point]. Home & Commercial Security Inc. 1988 May 15. Diazo with marker.
Ovsz. Folder RP8
Proposed Alterations to "Rocky Point" Residence of J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, First Floor Plan-Scheme A. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Undated. Blueprint.
Folder RP9 Oversize Box Arch 1
Proposed Alterations to "Rocky Point" Residence of J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, First Floor Plan of Residence as Now Existing. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Undated. Blueprint.
Folder RP9 Oversize Box Arch 1
Proposed Alterations to "Rocky Point" Residence of J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, 3rd Floor Plan of residence as now existing. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Undated. Blueprint.
Folder RP10 Oversize Box Arch 1
Proposed Alterations to "Rocky Point" Residence of J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, Second floor plan and Second floor of residence now existing. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Undated. Blueprint.
Folder RP10 Oversize Box Arch 1
Proposed Alterations to "Rocky Point" Residence of J.B. Duke, Newport, RI, Ocean Front Elevation and North elevation as now existing. Horace Trumbauer, architect. Undated. Blueprint.
Folder RP10 Oversize Box Arch 1

Historical Note

Originally built for Frederick W. Vanderbilt in 1887 in Newport, R.I., Rough Point was purchased by James Buchanan (J.B.) Duke in 1922. Soon thereafter, J.B. turned his efforts to both furnishing and renovating the estate. He hired the Horace Trumbauer firm to assist in renovating the house which was completed in 1924. When Duke passed away a year later, he left the home to his 12-year-old daughter Doris, subject to Mrs. (Nanaline) Duke's life interest. At the time, the housed was appraised for $212,000 without its contents and was considered one of the most fashionable Gilded Age mansions in Newport. Although Nanaline Duke continued to spend her summers at Rough Point, in the early 1950s she took up permanent residence in New York City and emptied Rough Point of all its furnishings. It was around this time that Doris Duke once again became a frequent visitor to Newport and turned her attention to renovating and refurnishing the family estate. Over the years, she purchased arts and antiques for the house and combined them with family treasures. Upon her death in 1993, Miss Duke bequeathed the estate to the Newport Restoration Foundation with the directive that it be opened to the public as a museum.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Duke Family Papers, 1885-1992 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Duke Family New York Apartments Collection, 1908-1997 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Doris Duke Papers on the Shangri La Residence, 1932-2003 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Doris Duke Papers on the Rough Point Residence, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Doris Duke Papers on the Rough Point Residence were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a donation from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in June 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary Samouelian, September 2010

Encoded by Mary Samouelian, September 2010

Accession UA2009-0030 is described in this finding aid.

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