The second half of the twentieth century marked a decisive turning point in the “renewal” of the physical landscape near the Newport harbor front. Devon T King, in “Cleared for Curation: America’s Cup Avenue and the Creation of Newport’s ‘Historic’ Downtown,” aptly presents the history of plans to re-make this historic area—efforts that stretched back into the nineteenth century. It took at least half a century for the city to begin to realize those plans. It was another several decades before demolition and construction in the downtown area were completed. Using maps, models and photographs, King lays out the various twentieth-century redevelopment efforts that resulted in a radically redrawn cityscape. A recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied history, King was a Buchanan Burnham fellow at the Newport Historical Society in the summer of 2018. He is continuing his studies in preservation and urban planning, and currently works in the Boston area with an architectural preservation firm.
King, Devon Thomas
"Cleared for Curation: America’s Cup Avenue and the Creation of Newport’s “Historic” Downtown,"
Newport History: Vol. 89:
278, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol89/iss278/3