Document Type



Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Thesis Advisor: Elaine B. Stiles


Marlborough Street in the downtown district of Newport, Rhode Island is a historically and culturally rich area of the city. It is home to several noteworthy historic structures, some of which date back to the seventeenth century. Despite its unique character, its history has remained obscure. This report aims to answer why the history of Marlborough Street is not as recognized as it should be. Its goal is to provide readers with a detailed history of its existence from the seventeenth century to present day. It will then conduct a cultural landscape analysis by examining the existing conditions of the street in terms of its physicality and character. It will then provide a series of recommendations with the goal of influencing future restoration and rehabilitation projects, making the street a more desirable place to live, and allowing it to become a vibrant part of Newport’s downtown.