Sunday, May 1, 12:00 noon – Wednesday, May 4, 2:00 pm – 19th Annual Newport Symposium: Great Places

What makes a great place? The 2011 Newport Symposium, May 2 to May 4, will answer that question, examining the great places of the world and their creators, whether stately houses, gardens, galleries of art treasures, or entire cities. The illustrious line-up of international speakers for our 19th annual Symposium is available online, or call Patricia Peterson at (401) 847-1000 ext. 154 for more information and to register.  Highlights include a pre-symposium tour of Great Places in Colonial Newport: Hunter House and The Samuel Whitehorne House, an opening reception at The Elms, Piranesi’s Rome: The Imagination of an Archaeological Fantasy, Gondola Days: Venice in the American Imagination, Illusions of Grandeur: Chick Austin’s Stage-Set House (pictured below), Beauport: Henry Davis Sleeper’s Eclectic Showpiece, The Grandest Room in the Colonies: The Cadwalader Furniture Rediscovered, Great Galleries: Great Spaces for Art and Science, Dumfries House, A Timeless Place: The Chateau de Montgeoffroy, tours and dinner at The Breakers.